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Machine of the Month: Using CUPS with Gimp-Print

Mar 14, 2002, 13:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Mullikin)

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"It may seem a little daunting at first but I can say that the process went smoothly and once I ironed out one small problem with printing, everything seems to work very well. Of course, what good are all of these tools if I don't have applications that I can print from? Well, we'll be taking a look at using CUPS+Gimp-Print with the BJC6000 under Kword and Kspread, both which are part of Koffice from the KDE project and then we'll take a look at Lyx , a more 'user-friendly' document processing system built on top of LaTex and, hence TeX itself. We'll also take a brief look at using Abiword with the CUPS system to see if we can produce printouts from it. We'll try and conclude whether or not tools like the ones mentioned in this introduction are good enough for someone to typeset general documents such as letters, resumes and the like without having to know anything about Linux in particular, no mark-up languages or anything. I'll try and comment on the quality of the output from the printer, as best I can.

"In addition, we'll examine CUPS post-installation to see what type of user-interface is provided and what type of documentation/help is provided. The reason I want to do this is because those are particularly strong areas for CUPS, in my opinion. With the same intent, I'd like to take a look at some additional areas where I experienced unexpected difficulties and how I managed to deal with those..."

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