Thursday, October 20, 2005

CUPS Printing System - Linux Tutorial gives a basic introduction to what CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) is and why you might want to use it rather than LPD. CUPS is aimed at providing a common printing interface across a local network, masking differences among the printing systems on each computer. CUPS also provides interactivity with SMB and Windows printers and allows dynamic printer detection and grouping.
"CUPS provides a portable printing layer for UNIX®-based operating systems. It is developed and maintained by Easy Software Products to promote a standard printing solution and is the standard printing system in MacOS® X and most Linux® distributions.

CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol ("IPP") as the basis for managing print jobs and queues and adds network printer browsing and PostScript Printer Description ("PPD") based printing options to support real-world printing.