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Overhauling CUPS: Pushing Windows Printer Drivers - page 2

The Easy Way: Buy The Right Printer

  • July 27, 2006
  • By Carla Schroder

Since we don't all have the option to purchase wonderful new printers, the next best thing is a robust Linux printer server starring CUPS and Samba. The CUPS/Samba printer we're building today will not require users to authenticate to install and use printers, so it's not for admins who need everything locked down. This setup is good for home users, businesses that don't need a lock on everything, and those unfortunate network admins who still have Windows 9x machines under their care.

You need:

  • Name resolution working reliably
  • An already-configured and working CUPS server with printers configured
  • The cups-devel package installed, also called libcups2-devel and libcupsys2-dev
  • Samba server
  • CUPS Windows drivers
  • Adobe or Microsoft Postscript drivers

The commands and examples are all from a Debian system, so you may need to adjust filenames for different systems.

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