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For inclusion in Debian 11's Release Notes



On behalf of the Printing Team:

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The Release Notes for Debian 10 briefly described the driverless                                                           
printing situation implemented via CUPS and cups-filters. The changes                                                      
applied to modern printers connected by ethernet or wireless.                                                              
                                                                                                                           
https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/release-notes/ch-whats-new.en.html#driverless-printing                        
                                                                                                                           
The release of Debian 11 sees the inclusion of ipp-usb into the stable                                                     
archive. ipp-usb is recommended by cups-daemon and utilises the                                                            
vendor-neutral IPP-over-USB protocol that is supported by many modern                                                      
printers. ipp-usb allows a USB device to be seen and treated as a                                                          
network device. The outcome is that driverless printing is extended to                                                     
include USB connected printers. The specifics are outlined at                                                              
                                                                                                                           
https://wiki.debian.org/CUPSDriverlessPrinting.                                                                            
                                                                                                                           
The systemd service file included in ipp-usb starts the ipp-usb daemon                                                     
when a printer is plugged in, making a USB connected printer available                                                     
for printing to, either by being auto-setup by cups-browsed or being                                                       
manually installed with a local driverless print queue. The use of                                                         
vendor printer drivers, free and non-free, becomes unnecessary.

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Regards,

Brian.


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