[plug] WA Govenment iPads for year 1 and 2 students

David Dartnall darts at dialix.com.au
Thu Feb 23 13:51:59 WST 2012

On 02/23/2012 01:21 AM, Alexander Hartner wrote:
> On 22/02/2012, at 21:40 , David Dartnall wrote:
>> On 02/22/2012 06:10 PM, Brad Campbell wrote:
>>> On 22/02/12 09:48, Tim White wrote:
>>>> On 22/02/12 09:55, wdk at moriah wrote:
>>>>> You can - cups is apple software in part at least, basically I just turned the function on ... Printer is on a gentoo box.
>>>>> BillK
>>>> Do tell us more. Can we easily print from ipads/iphones to cups servers? Last time I looked into this, it wasn't very easy, or possible for un-jailbroken devices.
>>>> I see a lot of eprinter style services now days, where you email it to a service that sends it to your printer (ether wirelessly as in a HP Eprinter, or via a connected computer in eprinter.com style).
>>> I don't know what other peoples experience in, but the second we connected our iPad to the system at home it detected all CUPS exported printers and just works with all of them.
>>> Same with recent Macs.
>>> Our printers are all connected to a debian server or an ubuntu workstation. No special config required.
>> Printing does not seem to be easy without a wireless enabled printer. Can it be done with the usb connector supplied with the ipad? No wireless capability on my printer!
>> On the main topic of this thread, I'm not an Apple fan but the family bought me an ipad 1 and I'd like to make it as useful as possible - as far as I'm concerned it's a very expensive toy, good for entertainment but totally unsuitable for serious classroom work.
> This should put an end to all this Apple talk. How did we get from getting iPad for students to printing ?
> http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4356
>> Regards
>> Dave Dartnall
Yes Alexander, thank you, that proves my point.

The ipad is reliant on a wifi network and a wireless capable printer 
that supports AirPrint, a set of requirements far in excess of what my 
Linux netbook requires.

Students (the subject of the thread) would certainly require printing 
ability, possibly without the necessity of buying a suitable printer. My 
Brother DCP-385C, among many others is not supported.

Dave Dartnall

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