The 1.1b1 release of the Common UNIX Printing System
("CUPS") is now available for download from the CUPS web site
CUPS 1.1b1 is the first beta release for CUPS 1.1. Currently
only source distributions are being provided.
The Common UNIX Printing System provides a portable printing
layer for UNIX® operating systems. It has been developed by Easy
Software Products to promote a standard printing solution for
all UNIX vendors and users. CUPS provides the System V and
Berkeley command-line interfaces.
CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol (IETF-IPP) as the basis
for managing print jobs and queues. The Line Printer Daemon
(LPD, RFC1179), Server Message Block (SMB), and AppSocket
protocols are also supported with reduced functionality.
CUPS adds network printer browsing and PostScript Printer
Description ("PPD")-based printing options to support real world
applications under UNIX.
CUPS also includes a customized version of GNU GhostScript
(currently based off GNU GhostScript 4.03) and an image file RIP
that can be used to support non-PostScript printers.
Sample drivers are provided for HP DeskJet and LaserJet
printers. Drivers for over 1600 printers are available in our
ESP Print Pro software.
CUPS is licensed under the GNU General Public License. Please
contact Easy Software Products for commercial support and
"binary distribution" rights.
Changes in v1.1b1 include:
- NEW web-based administration interface.
- NEW EPSON printer drivers.
- NEW user-defined printers and options.
- NEW persistent jobs and job history
- NEW IPP/1.1 support
- NEW template-based web interfaces.
- NEW CUPS-get-devices and CUPS-get-ppds operations.
- NEW support for create-job and send-file operations.
- NEW certificate-based authentication for local
- NEW USB backend.
- The lpr command now produces human-readable error messages.
- The lpq command now produces BSD standard format output
instead of OSF/1 output. This should resolve the SAMBA
print queue problems that have been reported.
- The IPP backend did not always detect when the "raw" option
was being used.
- The "lpstat -p" command would stop after the first active
- The "lpstat -v" command would stop before the first remote
Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products mike at easysw.com
Printing Software for UNIX http://www.easysw.com