[OT] printing question

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Tue Nov 18 11:53:19 PST 2008

On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:49:44AM -0600, Andrew Gould wrote:
> Time to buy a new printer.  I don't print much from FreeBSD; but the need
> occasionally arises.  Most of my printing is done while using Mac OS X.  The
> Epson Artisan 800 is looking awfully nice; but it's not in the Linux
> printing database yet (http://openprinting.org/printer_list.cgi).
> Question:  Since Mac OS X uses CUPS, if I share the printer on the Mac, will
> I need to worry about FreeBSD compatibility of the printer?  I only need
> printing functions (not scan, etc) for the FreeBSD computer.

Your best bet for printer compatibility is to ensure that it's available
as a network device rather than having to connect to it directly, and
that it's a Postscript printer.  If you want to get a printer and connect
it directly to your Mac, and you're sure it'll work with your Mac, then
you should be able to share it with the rest of the network without
problems -- as long as it's a Postscript printer.  If it isn't, you may
have to do some digging to determine whether other computers on the
network will be able to use the shared printer at all, including FreeBSD

Alas, I know basically nothing about the Epson Artisan 800.  I'm happy
with my HP laser printer connected directly to the network.

Chad Perrin [ content licensed PDL: http://pdl.apotheon.org ]
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