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Fedora Linux by Chris Tyler

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Configuring a CUPS Print Server

The Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) printer daemon can also be used as a print server, enabling other computers on the local network to access the printers it controls.

How Do I Do That?

Start the Printer Configuration tool shown in Figure 7-14. Highlight the printer you wish to share, select the checkbox labeled Shared, and then click Apply.

Printer configuration: sharing properties

Figure 7-14. Printer configuration: sharing properties

Next, click on Server Settings on the lefthand side and select the checkbox labeled “Share published printers connected to this system.” Click Apply.

Tip

You will need to open the IPP port 631 (ipp:tcp) in your firewall configuration (see Lab 8.1, “Prevent Unwanted Connections”).

Your printer will now be accessible to other systems.

Accessing a CUPS printer from Windows XP

To add a CUPS printer to a Windows XP system, select “Printers and Faxes” from the Start menu and click on “Add a printer.” The Add Printer Wizard will appear.

Click Next to advance past the introduction. On the next page, select “A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer,” and click Next. The window shown in Figure 7-15 will appear.

Adding a CUPS printer to a Windows XP system

Figure 7-15. Adding a CUPS printer to a Windows XP system

Select “Connect to a printer on the Internet or on a home or office network,” and enter ...

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