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Overhauled CUPS: Improved Unix Printing
July 20, 2006
CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) version 1.2 was released last month, bursting with over 90 fabulous new features and improvements. Today we'll take a look at them and decide how fabulous they really are. Then for dessert, next week we'll dig into using CUPS as a printer server on mixed Linux/Windows/Macintosh LANs.
Finally, after all these years the CUPS Web interface has gotten a much-needed overhaul. Now you can do server administration, unlike the olden days when all it could do was manage local printers. Server administration meant digging into
Some of the new tasks that you can do in the Web interface are edit
Installing locally-attached printers is a bit easier because CUPS' auto-detection is improved. The downside is you don't get to choose your own printer name, so you get stuck with something clunky like "hp_par_HP_LaserJet_6L." (Figure 1.)
And there are still way too many drivers to wade through. The good news is you can easily try out different drivers until you find the best one. If the Gutenprint drivers are available in your distribution, be sure to install them because they are excellent.