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renhoek
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2007-04-29

Using Samba+CUPS, with the processing done on the server, turned it from a multi-day job for multiple people, into a 2 day job for 1 person.

There is also something called "Print Services". I just installed it and it will automaticly install the drivers on the client. This would have been a 4 hour job i guess. And if you are too stupid to do this you could install the printer on the server and share it from there. This way you have thesame setup as samba+cups.

The mention of samba+cups already shows you are not into windows, please don't comment if you don't know what you are talking about.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I think you missed the part where they did not want to by a dedicated Windows server just to host printing. In our office, we have a shared services printer which manages printer hosting but I wouldn't assume our decision to mix jobs on the same box is right for them. Maybe it's not simply because the person is stupid as you suggest.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Using Samba+CUPS, with the processing done on the server, turned it from a multi-day job for multiple people, into a 2 day job for 1 person.

There is also something called "Print Services". I just installed it and it will automaticly install the drivers on the client. This would have been a 4 hour job i guess. And if you are too stupid to do this you could install the printer on the server and share it from there. This way you have thesame setup as samba+cups.

The mention of samba+cups already shows you are not into windows, please don't comment if you don't know what you are talking about.
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"Print Services" won't install anything on my machines if they were the client machines in question ... my machines run Kubuntu or Arch Linux.

If I install a samba-cups server, it can become a print server for any mix of client machines. You don't have to use Windows machines exclusively as the clients.

I can back this up further by using Alfresco and Openchange (or Zimbra) rather than Sharepoint and Exchange respectively. In this way I can set up servers that are client-agnostic. As a bonus, there are no CALs to pay. Zero. No matter how many client machines I have to serve to.

With cups as the print server, I can turn any cheap printer (even a USB inkjet printer) into a networked Postscript printer, that any client machine can print to, without having to install any new printer drivers on any of the client machines.

You can't do that with Windows.

Edited 2010-04-10 13:10 UTC

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cycoj Member since:
2007-11-04

Yeah how I love that! At my work I unfortunately have to use a Vista laptop for running on of my experiments (it controls a device which only has windows software, although not for much longer). Apart from being the godaweful slowest machine I've ever encountered (5min boot time WTF?!) it's not running everyday. So when I turn it on I get stupid messages about installing new printer drivers for all the printers on the network (~20). If the windows would just pop up and I could klick them away ok, but no they come up in 10-20s intervals and are always on top. And no, ticking "don't ask me again does not work".

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

"Using Samba+CUPS, with the processing done on the server, turned it from a multi-day job for multiple people, into a 2 day job for 1 person.

There is also something called "Print Services". I just installed it and it will automaticly install the drivers on the client. This would have been a 4 hour job i guess. And if you are too stupid to do this
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And the idiots have come out of the woodwork. Congrats on entering the sunlight. Perhaps now we can all have fun calling each other names?

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