The nightmarish problem of installing a printer

Peter A. Giessel pgiessel at
Wed Sep 22 19:36:30 UTC 2010

On 2010/09/22 at 9:27, gull at (David Brodbeck) wrote:

>If this were true, and there really were a big conspiracy on
>Microsoft's part to make manufacturers only support Windows, then you
>wouldn't see cheap printers that support both Windows and MacOS X.  In
>reality, such printers are pretty easy to find.
>Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by simple economics. ;)

The question you are missing is *HOW* does MacOS X print to all these
"cheap printers"?

Lets take a couple of screen captures from Mac OS X.6 (Apple's 
latest released
OS) with all current updates installed:

Hmm, CUPS, and Gutenprint....  Are these methods available for FreeBSD?

Mainly what Apple did was pre-install and pre-configure in a user-friendly
way CUPS and Gutenprint.

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