IN THIS CHAPTER
Enabling remote access to a print server
If you have a single system and a single printer, setting up and configuring printing is quite straightforward, and was explained in the section "Adding a Printer" in Chapter 20, "Adding Hardware and Attaching Peripherals." However, in today's more complex networked environments, the chances are that you want to access a printer on one system from many other systems, including machines that may run operating systems other than Linux for some legacy software or game-playing reason.
This chapter explains how to set up and tweak connectivity from other computer systems so that your printer is available to everyone else. It concludes by providing some troubleshooting tips and discussions of common problems, as well as additional sources of information.
Hacking the Ubuntu printing system's configuration files and using unauthenticated printing as described in this chapter is really suitable only for home, SOHO (Small Office, Home Office), or SMB (Small and Medium Business) environments that are firewalled from the outside world, and in which you hopefully trust everyone. If you have Microsoft Windows systems in your network environment, you may simply want to set up a Samba Server on the system to which your printer is attached. This will leverage your existing Windows authentication mechanisms (depending on how you configure Samba) and will also work with Apple's ...