Canon printer and TurboPrint

perryh at perryh at
Fri May 29 08:16:21 UTC 2009

Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:

> CUPS isn't extra software in my opinions.

CUPS is a PITA, but it may nevertheless be the "least bad"
solution if one is stuck with a junk printer.

Decent, network-capable, PostScript printers do not have to be
costly.  I bought a Samsung ML-2571N at Fry's for something like
$60(US) a year or two ago.  All I had to do was plug it into the
network, add its IP address to /etc/hosts, add a suitable entry
to /etc/printcap, and lpr "just works".  No need to bother with

Granted the ML-2571N is monochrome and Samsung's color printer
did not support PostScript last I knew.  For color, I got a
Xerox printer or a few hundred US$ a while back.  Like the Samsung
it has PostScript, networking, and lpd support built in; another
pair of /etc/hosts and /etc/printcap entries and lpr "just works"
for it also.

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