Vol 71 Issue 3 2004-01-19 Article 11767 from section "SysAdmin's Section"

Portable Printing Layer

The Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) provides a portable printing
layer for UNIX[R]-based operating systems. It has been developed by Easy
Software Products to promote a standard printing solution for all UNIX
vendors and users. CUPS provides the System V and Berkeley command-line

CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol ("IPP") as the basis for
managing print jobs and queues. The Line Printer Daemon ("LPD") Server
Message Block ("SMB") and AppSocket (a.k.a. JetDirect) protocols are
also supported with reduced functionality. CUPS adds network printer
browsing and PostScript Printer Description ("PPD") based printing
options to support real-world printing under UNIX.

Drivers for thousands of printers are provided with our ESP Print Pro
software, available at:

Details at

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