Selecting SystemAdministrationPrinting from the desktop menu starts the Fedora Printer Configuration tool. Even though technology gurus keep predicting a paperless society, for now, we’re still stuck having to print some things out. In the past, printing was one of the dark areas in Linux. Trying to get modern printers working with Linux was quite the challenge. However, some amazing advances have recently been made in making Linux more printer friendly.
Possibly the biggest advance in this area has been the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS). CUPS provides a common interface between UNIX (and Linux) systems and printers. It runs in background as a service, connecting to any defined printers, and waiting for applications to send print jobs. Because it runs in the background, it can both talk with remote printers, and accept print jobs from remote systems.
The Printer Configuration tool provides an easy way to configure both the CUPS server running on the system and any printers you’ve defined. The main Printer Configuration window is shown in Figure 17-7.
There are two sections to the Printer Configuration ...