Desktop printing, a request for your experiences

Predrag Punosevac punosevac at
Mon Nov 26 13:00:56 PST 2007

Dominic Marks wrote:
> List,
> Can anyone give me their experiences of desktop printing
> (OpenOffice/KDE/Gnome/Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird, etc) recently?
> I haven't tried for a while but it was a pain to setup and maintain 
> the last
> time I looked at it.
> If you are using this for "real-work" and you are getting good results 
> please
> let me know what you are using (software and hardware ideally).
> The environment I would like to put this into is a family house, very 
> small
> setup with 2 PCs and 2 printers. Currently both are Windows PCs but
> one is experiencing all of the classic issues with a multi-year Windows
> installation and since they are used exclusively for E-Mail and word
> processing I am interested in migrating one PC over to FreeBSD.
> .. If the solution was a Linux distro (box package, or otherwise) I would
> also be interested.
> ... I am not a subscriber so please keep me CC'ed in the discussion.
> Cheers
> Dominic
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My printing works perfect on all my machines (6 in total) and 2 
printers. including printing from applications like Gimp.
Printers are HP OfficeJet R60 and HP LaserJet 4L. I used both CUPS and 
LPD + apsfilter. I prefer LPD+apsfilter in particularly
since LPD is included in base distribution. I have not played too much 
with LPRng+ifhp but I was able to set up basic printing in 30 minutes 
using that spooling system as well.

I noticed that many applications have substandard built in ps filters. 
CUPS base filter cannot print dvi files :-(.
I found a2ps useful for conversion to ps.


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