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LinuxWorld: Linux printing made easy - Our CUPS runneth over

Nov 10, 2000, 01:13 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Until now, printing under Unix/Linux has been subject to too many limitations. But by installing the CUPS system, you'll have a universal printing solution."

"The world of printing for Unix/Linux has not changed much in a very long time. We still use good old lpd (the line printer daemon), we don't have support for IPP (Internet Printing Protocol), and we still don't have the ability to use many printers. But that situation is changing, and quickly. A new product is making inroads into the printing arena."

"The CUPS software provides a way for Unix/Linux users to manage printing in an efficient and reliable manner. It natively supports IPP and has interfaces for LPD, SMB (Server Message Block, i.e., printers attached to Microsoft Windows), and JetDirect. CUPS can provide network printer browsing and use PostScript printer description (PPD) files. In short, with CUPS you can run a printer on a Linux machine as easily as they can on a Windows machine, but with the power of Linux."

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