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Advanced Linux Networking by Roderick W. Smith

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Chapter 9. Printer Sharing via LPD

Linux has inherited its printing system from the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) UNIX variant. This system, which is often referred to by the name of its most critical component, the Line Printer Daemon (LPD), is both extremely flexible and very primitive when compared to the printing systems on modern desktop OSs such as Windows or MacOS. LPD's flexibility derives from the fact that it's a network-capable printing system. Thus, there's no need to run a separate print server or print client to perform network printing operations; the basic printing system includes both network client and network server functionality. The primitive nature of LPD relates to its handling of drivers to process output for the ...

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