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Easy printing to Canon LIPS based printers System
In Japan, there seem to be a lot of Canon LIPS based printers around. Mac OS X does not support these printers out of the box, and to make them work you need to install GhostScript from the gimp-print site, and some wrapper scripts from linuxprinting.org, along with a PPD (PostScript Printer Description) file for your printer.

To make your life easier, if you are one of the few people who are affected by this (in my office, four were), I have bundled up the packages and made an installer which installs the foomatic wrappers, ghostscript, and the PPDs needed for printing to LIPS printers. Obviously, I cannot make any representations about its fitness, but it works for me and my workmates.

This should not be limited to use with just Canon printers. After installation, you can use any of the PPDs on the linuxprinting.org site that use foomatic-rip to print, which may be all of them (I'm not sure). I would love to know if this helps people with other unsupported printers; unfortunately, I can only test with the one printer that I have access to.

I hope this helps some people out there! I know this has been driving me and my friends crazy.
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Easy printing to Canon LIPS based printers
Authored by: lnzdingo on Mar 24, '05 10:55:09AM

this is great and all, but he is in effect distributing ghostscript in a bundle, along with foomatic and whatever else is in there.

the author needs to be sure that the licenses are distributed, and possibly that he has written permission to distribute the software in the bundle.

the terms of the GPL or similar licenses can be very tricky.

I ran into this license technical issue for something i _was_ going to write and distribute, but one small catch in a license threw me off.

just because this stuff is open sourcem, doesn't mean that we can wrap things up and just distribute them.

Now, an installer script, that properly informs you that it is going to DOWNLOAD the software in question, and then displays the licenses for the downloaded software, and then writes a config file for you, appears to be a lot easier to distribute in regards to the licenses of other components.

it is a sticky situation, one that i don't understand well enough to want to deal with it. Sounds bad, I know, but on the other hand, i am not enough of a programmer to develop something that other people might actually use. Except for the one thing that i was going to distribute, a wrapper for png2ico for os x

somewhere in the licensing for libjpeg, libpng and png2ico, and possibly libzip, a hurdle presented itself that made my little part time effort more work than i could afford.



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Easy printing to Canon LIPS based printers
Authored by: chrome on Mar 24, '05 07:31:06PM

I checked the licensing. The only thing that is grey is the foomatic-gswrapper. The rest is GPL.

There is no problem distributing packages of GPL software. The only thing you need to do is provide the source code if you make any changes. I haven't, and I've directed people to the original sources.



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