Canon printer and TurboPrint

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at
Fri May 29 13:13:30 UTC 2009

> But regarding its alternatives... there are none. Those "modern"#
> printers can usually only get to work using CUPS, because apsfilter

there are. don't use these "modern" printers. Of course not all of them.

It's natural that you buy hardware that will be supported by software you 
use. CUPS is like workaround for me.

>> Decent, network-capable, PostScript printers do not have to be
>> costly.
> I didn't say they have. It's always a question of the printers

postscript printer is the simplest solution. anyway - they MAY NOT print 
every page because they have limited hardware capacity and may be not able 
to process overcomplex postscript files.

Possibly not a big deal today as their capacity is better than before, but 
in case of problems you may use ghostscript as ps-to-ps filter.

> quality (how good it works, how long it works) and the amount
> of toner they come with; for inkjet stuff, criteria are similar

Unless you need to print no more than 10 pages a month, i recommend 
against buying any inkjet printer. They are incredibly costly to use, even 
when being damn cheap to buy.

> Done the same with HP Laserjet 4000 duplex - it even received
> an IP automatically via DHCP, so I just had to "arp -a" and
> edit /etc/hosts and /etc/printcap. The lpq / lprm tools seemed
> to operate on the printer server inside the printer.

For non-ethernet printers like my laserjet 4 there are often available 
original print server modules for them for really nothing (i paid <10$)

if not, and you need ethernet connectivity, then this

is a perfect choice. i recommend it for every unix user.

As they are advertised as mostly for windows, i actually found configuring 
it under unix very simple exactly as you said (/etc/printcap), while 
incredibly complex under windows ;)

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