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Ubuntu 11.10 & 11.04 To Support Apple AirPrint

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the making-it-work dept.

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kai_hiwatari writes "According to an email in the Ubuntu-Devel mailing list, AirPrint support is now available for Ubuntu 11.10 'Oneiric Ocelot' and Ubutnu 11.04 'Natty Narwhal' as well — although it is in the testing phase for now. Developer Till Kamppeter sent an email to the mailing list inviting testers to test out his patch that enables AirPrint in Ubuntu."

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In before... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36616656)

...complaints about Unity

How about a GUI that isn't total shit? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36616680)

Okay, great, so I'll be able to print more easily. But what about a GUI that isn't complete shit? Yes, I'm looking at you, Unity. My desktop isn't a fucking iPhone, so why the hell would I want a shitty iOS-like interface on it?

Re:How about a GUI that isn't total shit? (2, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616720)

So click the drop down and select gnome. Or install XFCE or install LXDE. How about you man up, change to another DM or distro and STFU.

I did not like it at first but use it at home, my work laptop cannot provide 3d and dual monitor support so I use gnome there.

How about a name that's pronouncable? (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 2 years ago | (#36620138)

Dapper Drake was a fine name. So was Hardy Heron. But Oneiric Ocelot? Couldn't they have given it a slightly simpler name? Why not Old Ox or something?

Ubuntu on iPad? (1)

mschaffer (97223) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616706)

So, now, if I put Ubuntu on my iPad, I can still print via AirPrint?

Re:Ubuntu on iPad? (1)

aristotle-dude (626586) | more than 2 years ago | (#36618162)

So, now, if I put Ubuntu on my iPad, I can still print via AirPrint?

Why would you want to do that? If you really wanted more "unix" then you could jailbreak iOS. Installing Ubuntu makes no sense.

Re:Ubuntu on iPad? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36618256)

Installing Ubuntu makes more sense than buying an iPad.

Great (-1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616740)

this will help my cannon wifi printer a bunch, its just a shame I dropped ubuntu around v9

Re:Great (2)

porl (932021) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617972)

yeah, it is a shame. i was just thinking the other day 'what a shame osgeld dropped ubuntu around v9'.

you know, you could always either 'pick it back up' if it 'will help a bunch'...

Re:Great (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#36618646)

Why thank you, I am flattered, but on your second point its a distro with packages and a gui installer, not magic.

Nothing much new here. (4, Informative)

domatic (1128127) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616766)

I've been doing this for months. Avahi can share any cups queue as an Airprint queue. I used this howto:

http://www.finnie.org/2010/11/13/airprint-and-linux/ [finnie.org]

There are also scripts that will autogenerate the Avahi service files for you. The only real new thing here might possibly be a better UI for doing this.

Re:Nothing much new here. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36617188)

The funny thing is that apple also uses cups for printing, right? x_x

Re:Nothing much new here. (3, Informative)

ArTourter (991396) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617468)

The funny thing is that apple also uses cups for printing, right? x_x

It is more than that. Apple actually owns CUPS. They bought it in 2007 [cups.org]

Re:Nothing much new here. (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617410)

Or possibly they've got CUPS working with avahi like it used to (before avahi went and removed a bunch of bonjour compatible APIs). I got my printer working with AirPrint soon after iOS4 was released, but I had to configure the avahi part of it manually because CUPS and avahi don't work well together.

How long? (-1, Flamebait)

Hamsterdan (815291) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616778)

How long before they receive some legal love from Apple^h^h^h^h^h Steve?

Re:How long? (3, Informative)

ninetyninebottles (2174630) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617866)

How long before they receive some legal love from Apple^h^h^h^h^h Steve?

You mean for developing a zeroconf implementation, with help from Apple engineers and referencing the open source implementation from Apple and the RFC Apple largely wrote? Or do you mean for integrating it with CUPS which is another open source project Apple currently funds and develops?

Apple wants the open source technologies they build their OS's on as widely adopted as possible because it makes their devices more useful, which sells more of them, which makes them more money. That's why Apple open sources things like bonjour in the first place.

Re:How long? (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 2 years ago | (#36619076)

How long before they receive some legal love from Apple^h^h^h^h^h Steve?

Why, exactly, do you think they will?

I was almost really, really excited.... (1)

chrisj_0 (825246) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616790)

Then I remembered; I don't care about iAnything. So airprint is meh

Re:I was almost really, really excited.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36617648)

And I dont care anything what about uFanatics do as they almost only market others work as own...

Airprint? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36616820)

I didn't know what Airprint was, so I looked it up. I came back befuddled. What does this allow that simply connecting to wifi and printing to a networked printer on the same wifi network can't do? (For example, any conventional printer connected to an Apple Airport, or any conventional printer that has direct wifi capabilities)

Fewer drivers (3, Informative)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616872)

What does this allow that simply connecting to wifi and printing to a networked printer on the same wifi network can't do?

Basically, fewer drivers involved, a somewhat higher level abstraction for the printer.

The practical use is that from any iPad/Touch/iPhone device, they can discover and print to that print queue. So if you have any of those devices and are using a Linux box as a print server, this would be very handy...

Re:Airprint? (2)

mabhatter654 (561290) | more than 2 years ago | (#36618336)

DRIVERS KIDS, Drivers

Windows has let the proliferation of OEM drivers grow as a way to keep market share. I mean we had PCL, PS, and PDF printing almost a decade ago. But printers get dumber and dumber. I work with AS400 and the system outputs stock PCL... yet no printer under $500 talks that any more. Now that folks have iPads more powerful than their computer 5 years ago they think they should print... Without wires, or drivers. Imagine printing the same spool file to DIFFERENT printers!!! Woah!

I'd like to see some normal laser printers get AirPrint support.. Color printers are expensive to run.

Re:Airprint? (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 2 years ago | (#36619088)

What does this allow that simply connecting to wifi and printing to a networked printer on the same wifi network can't do?

Zeroconf and simplified drivers. This makes network printing about as effortless as is technologically possible.

All I need to know: (1)

supersloshy (1273442) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616826)

When will this be merged upstream, if ever? Some of us that use Fedora, OpenSUSE, Arch, and Debian would benefit from this as well.

AirPrint = IPP + Zeroconf/DNS-SD (5, Informative)

DrYak (748999) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617854)

"AirPrint" is just a fancy name for what is basically networked printing using the IPP protocol, with automatic discovery of available printers with zeroconf (using DNS-DS).

The linux solution uses Avahi for the zeroconf discovery part, and CUPS for the IPP printing service.
- CUPS can be a vanilla version, as long as the printer is supported.
- Avahi needs to be manually configured, in order to output the few extra data which is required for an iDevice to recognise it as a AirPrint and list it as a possible printing target.

Upstream merging shouldn't be too troublesome. Expect AirPort appearing in the next iteration of distros.
As mentionned elsewhere among the discussion, what would really be needed is a nice interface to help do this configuration. I suspect that openSUSE's YaST will do a nice job here, as usual.

What is AirPrint exactly? (2)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616842)

Sorry for my ignorance, but I have no idea what this means. And the sentence quoted below from TFA just made my head spin even more.

With the support for AirPrint, it will now be possible to use an Ubuntu system as a server to allow a printer, that is not compatible with AirPrint, to print using AirPrint.

So what is AirPrint? Is it software made by Apple which can somehow now run on Ubuntu to support printing over wifi? And how does an incompatible printer suddenly become compatible because of Ubuntu?

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616864)

So what is AirPrint?
The service that provides printing to i$stuff

And how does an incompatible printer suddenly become compatible because of Ubuntu?
Because it can expose any printer as an airprint device. It basically supplies a generic airprint device, and then prints the data it gets to the printer you already own.

I am no sure you are aware of this, but there is a new website that can help you with questions like this. It can be found at http://google.com/ [google.com] , all these and many other questions can be answered that way.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616878)

its wifi printing over apples BS, it only matters if your an airport user with an apple printer and accessories

or in other words less than a percentage of your typical apple user cause its on linux and was not installed by a genius

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (2)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617170)

its wifi printing over apples BS, it only matters if your an airport user with an apple printer and accessories

Well, actually, the whole point of TFA is that you can now use it with an AirPrint client (e.g., an iOS device like an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch) without the rest of Apple's stack of supporting gadgetry if you have an Ubuntu system and any printer that the Ubuntu system can drive.

or in other words less than a percentage of your typical apple user cause its on linux and was not installed by a genius

It may be of use only to a small fraction of Apple users, but I suspect the fraction of Ubuntu users that are also iOS mobile device users (and who benefit from this since they can now use the mobile devices print functionality without anything Apple other than the iOS mobile device) is larger.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617556)

It is in fact the total reverse of what you just said. You can now share a non-Airprint compatible printer using a non-Apple machine serving (ie, Ubuntu in this case) so that your iPhone/iPod/iPad can't tell the difference.

It's hardly surprising, given that Apple uses (and maintains) CUPS and is very fond of zeroconf.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617602)

...yet despite this never bothered to include CUPS in PhoneOS directly.

Instead you have to go through extra uneccessary contortions and proprietary nonsense.

This Ubuntu patch is for dealing with something that Apple does that is gratuitiously proprietary.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (2)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617670)

Obviously not, since it's trivial to enable for non-Apple devices, and Apple gets to "keep the weight down" on iOS. Have you seen the size of the printer drivers folder in OS X?

Leave that to the desktop machine, and put something streamlined in iOS. Basing it on CUPS (like their whole print system) just makes it easy to interoperate. "Gratuitously proprietary" would have been to make it use some totally secret, non-standard, very-difficult-to-reverse-engineer protocol, instead of say... zeroconf and CUPS.

Guess which one they went for?

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

CheerfulMacFanboy (1900788) | more than 2 years ago | (#36618104)

...yet despite this never bothered to include CUPS in PhoneOS directly.

You mean unlike Google in Android. Oh, wait....

But at least there is general support for printing in Android. Wait, what?

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 2 years ago | (#36619126)

Wow. There's hardly a single thing in this post that isn't 100%, no-questions-about-it, false.

...yet despite this never bothered to include CUPS in PhoneOS directly.

What do you think AirPrint uses? Do you mean that you think Apple should have, instead of making it absolutely *simple* to print to any AirPrint printer, exposed the user to a printer settings panel, and allowed installation of third party drivers, which can take up hundreds of megabytes, on iOS devices?

Really?

Instead you have to go through extra uneccessary contortions and proprietary nonsense.

There is absolutely nothing proprietary about AirPrint. And "extra unnecessary contortions" is the exact *opposite* of what they've done. AirPrint just works. It's basically as simple as can possibly be done.

This Ubuntu patch is for dealing with something that Apple does that is gratuitiously proprietary.

Only if by "gratuitously proprietary", you mean, "completely open".

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (2)

mr_lizard13 (882373) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616972)

AirPrint allows wireless printing from an iOS device to a compatible printer, no drivers or installation needed.

For older, or incompatible printers, software such as Printopia for Mac allows you to share a printer and 'advertise' it as AirPrint-compatible.

From what I can tell someone just built something like Printopia for Ubuntu.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

kaiser423 (828989) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617004)

It's the protocol that advertises printers to iOS over Wifi.

Basically, allow you to print to a printer hooked up to an Ubuntu PC from your iPod/iPhone/iPad.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (2)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617138)

So what is AirPrint? Is it software made by Apple which can somehow now run on Ubuntu to support printing over wifi? And how does an incompatible printer suddenly become compatible because of Ubuntu?

AirPrint is a protocol for driving printers over networks, largely intended to allow printing from iOS devices like the iPad or iPhone (it may or may not be usable from other devices, as well.) The Ubuntu software components involved presumably act as a server for AirPrint and then send the actual print job to the attached printer; the printer doesn't "become compatible", the software acts like an AirPrint printer to the AirPrint client, but uses the printer to do the actual printing.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

jtara (133429) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617440)

Airprint, like so many Apple services, is a specific configuration of open-standard protocols, APIs, etc. that they've given a a proprietary name to, while trying to convince customers that they've created something unique and proprietary.

I guess they've judged more of their customers value "unique and proprietary" over "universal". And that those who value the latter "get the joke".

Other examples of Apple "proprietary" technology that isn't include FaceTime and iMessage.

I find it amusing when some "hacker" discovers how to "break" Apple's latest "proprietary" protocol. (i.e. they RTFM, just like Apple.)

They do throw in little gotchas like, for example, the additional fields they require in the service announcements for Airprint. You can bet that if an open standard has the capability of adding arbitrary data fields, Apple will use and require them.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

Qubit (100461) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617588)

Airprint, like so many Apple services, is a specific configuration of open-standard protocols, APIs, etc. that they've given a a proprietary name to, while trying to convince customers that they've created something unique and proprietary.

While I agree that there might be many Apple services that fit that bill, there are also other ones that have only basic support on things like Ubuntu because the protocols are (AFAIK) truly closed and proprietary, such as AirPlay [wikipedia.org] .

The problem with a lot of these widgety things (whether from Apple or Microsoft or whomever), is that someone buys one of them and then requires all of their underlings (or sidelings, if they're just at the same level in the ladder) to use this item, often by downloading some proprietary programs or drivers. Most Windows and Mac users can't tell a command line from a chorus line, and most of any questions or concerns us geeky types have about this just goes *whoosh* right over their heads.

If AirPrint really is an open spec built on top of other open protocols, and if Apple is committed to putting at least a token bit of effort into interoperability with other deices, then that's really good. I'm always hesitant to use any "iProtocol" or "AirThisAndThat," based on my past experiences.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 2 years ago | (#36619200)

Airprint, like so many Apple services, is a specific configuration of open-standard protocols, APIs, etc. that they've given a a proprietary name to, while trying to convince customers that they've created something unique and proprietary.

Um, no. They generally make a specific *point* of noting that they are using open standards. AirPrint uses two of Apple's own open projects: zeroconf and CUPS.

Other examples of Apple "proprietary" technology that isn't include FaceTime and iMessage.

Um... When Apple introduced FaceTime, they made a specific point about how it was built on open standards, and that they were going to fully release the specs soon. It's been over a year now and they still haven't made good on that last part.

As for iMessage, that's the only example of the bunch where Apple didn't make any mention of it being open. The reasonable explanation is that this uses many of the same technologies as FaceTime, and whatever reason they had for reversing course on FaceTime applies here.

They do throw in little gotchas like, for example, the additional fields they require in the service announcements for Airprint. You can bet that if an open standard has the capability of adding arbitrary data fields, Apple will use and require them.

And you can be sure that Apple doesn't do this to simply be incompatible. It's because they are doing things the way things are *SUPPOSED* to be done. If you extent a standard, you are supposed to use nonconflicting names and fields.

What do you expect them to do instead? AirPrint won't work with just any zerconf printer. It has to support the AirPrint driver.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

omnichad (1198475) | more than 2 years ago | (#36626944)

What do you expect them to do instead? AirPrint won't work with just any zerconf printer. It has to support the AirPrint driver.

Zeroconf is just a discovery service - it's not a printing protocol.

Re:What is AirPrint exactly? (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 2 years ago | (#36627198)

What do you expect them to do instead? AirPrint won't work with just any zerconf printer. It has to support the AirPrint driver.

Zeroconf is just a discovery service - it's not a printing protocol.

That's exactly my point. In that specific section I was replying to, jtara was talking about zeroconf as though Apple were deliberately breaking/modding/extending/whatever the standard by identifying printers as specifically being AirPrint printers. I was explaining the reason.

AirPrint = IPP + zeroconf (3, Informative)

DrYak (748999) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617878)

So what is AirPrint?

"AirPrint" is just a fancy name for what is basically networked printing using the IPP protocol, with automatic discovery of available printers with zeroconf.

IPP is simply provided by regular CUPS versions under Linux (nothing new here).
As mentioned by others, the zeroconf is done by Avahi under linux and a couple of extra fields need to be provided, so an apple device can recognise an avahi-advertised printing queue as "AirPrint".

Who would use this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36616850)

Who would use an Apple product and stoop to supporting Linux?

Re:Who would use this? (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616916)

Um me, but I am a nerd

my apple computer is old enough it wont run much more than 10.2 and since its my electronics workbench computer now I need lots of nixie software and tools, really dont care much at all for running such an obsolete apple OS while doing it, and linux performs much better on the same hardware

so why wouldnt I, oh thats right! apple says I need a new 6 core 5 billion hz 90 gig of ram monster running 10.100 to operate a text editor and command line, I am a bad little sheep...

Re:Who would use this? (1)

domatic (1128127) | more than 2 years ago | (#36621440)

iDevices are showing up in organizations now. So IT has a way to serve their print queues to them.

You don't need a patch for this (2)

jtara (133429) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616866)

You just need a properly-configured service file for avahi. There are a couple of fields that are required for Airprint. For reference, here's the printer.service file I've been using. The URF and PDL text records, as well as the tag are needed to keep Airprint happy.

    Samsung CLP-550 on %h
   
        _ipp._tcp
        _universal._sub._ipp._tcp
        631
        txtver=1
        qtotal=1
        rp=printers/CLP-550
        ty=Samsung CLP-550 Printer
        adminurl=http://colossus.local:631/printers/CLP-550
        note=Samsung CLP-550
        priority=0
        product=virtual Printer
        printer-state=3
        printer-type=0x801046
        Transparent=T
        Binary=T
        Fax=F
        Color=T
        Duplex=T
        Staple=F
        Copies=T
        Collate=F
        Punch=F
        Bind=F
        Sort=F
        Scan=F
        pdl=application/octet-stream,application/pdf,application/postscript,image/jpeg,image/png,image/urf
        URF=W8,SRGB24,CP1,RS600
   

Re:You don't need a patch for this (1)

jtara (133429) | more than 2 years ago | (#36616970)

Oops, sorry, slashdot ate my XML:

<?xml version="1.0" standalone='no'?><!--*-nxml-*-->
<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM "avahi-service.dtd">
<service-group>
  <name replace-wildcards="yes">Samsung CLP-550 on %h</name>
  <service>
    <type>_ipp._tcp</type>
    <subtype>_universal._sub._ipp._tcp</subtype>
    <port>631</port>
    <txt-record>txtver=1</txt-record>
    <txt-record>qtotal=1</txt-record>
    <txt-record>rp=printers/CLP-550</txt-record>
    <txt-record>ty=Samsung CLP-550 Printer</txt-record>
    <txt-record>adminurl=http://colossus.local:631/printers/CLP-550</txt-record>
    <txt-record>note=Samsung CLP-550</txt-record>
    <txt-record>priority=0</txt-record>
    <txt-record>product=virtual Printer</txt-record>
    <txt-record>printer-state=3</txt-record>
    <txt-record>printer-type=0x801046</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Transparent=T</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Binary=T</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Fax=F</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Color=T</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Duplex=T</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Staple=F</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Copies=T</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Collate=F</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Punch=F</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Bind=F</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Sort=F</txt-record>
    <txt-record>Scan=F</txt-record>
    <txt-record>pdl=application/octet-stream,application/pdf,application/postscript,image/jpeg,image/png,image/urf</txt-record>
    <txt-record>URF=W8,SRGB24,CP1,RS600</txt-record>
  </service>
</service-group>

Re:You don't need a patch for this (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36617182)

A CmdrTaco ate your XML?

Re:You don't need a patch for this (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617470)

What CUPS filter are you using for image/urf? FWIW, I have CUPS working with my iPad without the URF stuff.

FYI, Cloud Print service (1)

Rick Richardson (87058) | more than 2 years ago | (#36617218)

FYI, Cloud Print service:

$ git clone https://github.com/armooo/cloudprint.git
Cloning into cloudprint...
remote: Counting objects: 109, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (107/107), done.
remote: Total 109 (delta 47), reused 0 (delta 0)
Receiving objects: 100% (109/109), 31.77 KiB, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (47/47), done.

$ cd cloudprint
$ root python setup.py install
[snip]

$ root pip-python install daemon
Downloading/unpacking daemon
Running setup.py egg_info for package daemon

Installing collected packages: daemon
Running setup.py install for daemon

Successfully installed daemon

$ cloudprint -d
Skipping test-raw
Updated Printer test-1020
Updated Printer test-c310dn
Updated Printer mc2530
Updated Printer mc1600Wc
Updated Printer aaaa
Updated Printer mc2300c
Updated Printer test-1500
Updated Printer test-okiC110
Updated Printer test-clp315
Updated Printer cp1025nw
Updated Printer test-p1505
Updated Printer xrx6110
Updated Printer test
Updated Printer test-Oki-C3100
Updated Printer p1505n
Updated Printer test-p1102
Updated Printer test-cp1025
Updated Printer test-C3300
Updated Printer test-1680MF
Updated Printer clp315
Updated Printer test-hp2600
Updated Printer hp1020
Updated Printer p1102w
Updated Printer HP-LaserJet-Professional-P1102w
Updated Printer hp2600
Updated Printer cp1215
Updated Printer p1102-hpcups
Updated Printer Cups-PDF
Updated Printer test-clp300
Updated Printer GnomeManualDuplex
Updated Printer p1005
Updated Printer test-m1319
Updated Printer HP-LaserJet-1000
Updated Printer test-p2035
Updated Printer mc2530c
Updated Printer xrx6110c
Updated Printer test-CLP-610
Updated Printer test-KM-1635
$

Then:
   $ firefox http://www.google.com/cloudprint/manage.html

And on your Android tablet:
   https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pauloslf.cloudprint

Re:FYI, Cloud Print service (1)

Enry (630) | more than 2 years ago | (#36621428)

How can you print to a Cloud Print printer from Linux? I recently bought a HP printer that has Cloud Print built in and I can print from my Android devices just fine. Printing from my work desktop to home would be nice without having to set up SSH port forwarding or whatnot.

Ubutnu... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36617894)

Sounds yummy for some reason.

Apple does own CUPS (1)

Jonner (189691) | more than 2 years ago | (#36618654)

The good thing about this is that it seems Apple has based AirPrint on existing standards implemented in Free tools. What's odd is that other people are adding this functionality on to CUPS rather than it being released as part of CUPS itself. Apple bought CUPS from Easy Software Products. Though Apple has kept the CUPS going as a Free Software project mostly under GPL and LGPL, they can keep additions they write proprietary if they choose.

Re:Apple does own CUPS (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 2 years ago | (#36619230)

The main reason this isn't in CUPS proper is that it's not even in CUPS on the Mac. This is presumed to be due to a lawsuit (or threat of lawsuit) from someone who holds a patent on network printing that caused Apple to pull AirPrint sharing on OS X at the last minute. There's a small workaround available, but Apple seems to think it's not a feature they can legally provide themselves.

Ubuntu is pushing commercial-alike marketing way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36619842)

Never wondered why they're not updating changes in upstream. but only in their distro?
Actually I'm using "AirPrint" for over than year. It's an IPP, no difference...

Wow! AirPrint on Ubuntu?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36621256)

YAWN!

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