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LinuxWorld: Ask the Geek: Setting up a serial printer

Aug 03, 2000, 22:13 (2 Talkback[s])
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"I have an old serial-based dot-matrix printer. How do I set this up to work with Linux?"

"Wow, it's been quite a while since I had to set up a serial-based printer."

"For those who are unfamiliar with the technology, serial port connections offer several advantages over parallel port connections, and even over category 5 network cabling. Serial connections do not suffer from distance limitations to the extent that other technologies do. On the downside, serial connections are very slow."

"Setting up Linux for serial-based printing is not difficult, but there are some extra steps that you'll need to take. The first step is to make sure that Linux sees your serial ports. There are several ways to do this."

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