Linked by Michael Pfeiffer on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 00:05 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Gutenprint is a suite of printer drivers that can be used with UNIX and Linux print spooling systems, such as CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System), lpr, LPRng, and others. Gutenprint currently supports over 700 printer models. Gutenprint was recently ported to Haiku, both increasing its printing capabilities, as well as extending its supported printer models. This article describes Gutenprint and the effort to port it to Haiku.
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Businesses are reluctant to change and this essentially means Windows for a majority, OS X for a creative minority, and Linux for the rare mavericks. Haiku could attract a following in the business place for specialized uses (e.g. multimedia server?)but unlikely for the day-to-day functions.

The availability of device drivers for printers, scanners, and multi-devices for non-Windows/non-OS X operating systems will remain a stumbling block for many. Using a common/shared framework with other OSs should make it easier to have device drivers for the latest as well as legacy devices. Could be fun at home!

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