[plug] printers (yet again)
bernie at innovative.iinet.net.au
Thu Dec 8 19:32:44 WST 2005
Kev <kdownes at tpg.com.au> writes:
>I'm looking (yet again!) at colour laser printers, with a view to buying
>one for our small LAN at home. One which takes my fancy is the Samsung
>CLP-550N. In the blurb about this printer it says, under the heading,
> "Fonts" 136 PostScript3, 45 PCL5CE
>and later in the blurb under the heading "OS Compatibility" it says
>PostScript3(PPD) (Windows 95/98/Me/NT4.0/2000/XP, Various Linux OS, Mac
>OS 8.6~9.2/10.1~10.3), Samsung proprietary driver (Windows
>I don't understand much of what it means, but I'm told that if get a
>post script printer then all the drivers are generic, and hence I don't
>have to worry about Linux compatibility.
>Is someone out there able to tell me if the info above indicates that
>this is a true post script printer or not.
The PPD specifies the non-generic printer capabilities. A PPD is
really only useful with a Postscript printer.
Although there might be some "cheating" possible with Windows (or
other systems) doing the rasterisation and just dumping bitmaps to
the printer, the multi-platform support indicates that Postscript is
internal to the printer.
With the network option, it may even support CUPS directly.
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