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SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 Administrator's Handbook by Jacques Beland, Peter Kuo

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Chapter 9 Printing Services

In this chapter, we examine how SLES provides services for printing. Historically, printer support on the various flavors of Unix was inconsistent. Manufacturers created drivers for their printers, but often only on a select number of operating systems. This meant that certain printers were supported only on specific platforms.

The Line Printer Daemon (LPD) was used to control the printing of requests on specific queues. Running this application would define the local server as being a print server. Local queues could then be made available to other systems. Clients could then use the LPR application to submit print jobs to a target print server and queue.

The Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) is designed to be ...

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