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Re: Printing Help Needed



On Tue, Apr 10, 2001 at 04:21:03PM +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> It is however not always the optimal solution to avoid AppleTalk IMHO: If
> you have non-geek Mac users on the network it is not very userfriendly to
> ask them to use lpd. Mac users expect printers to show up in the chooser,
> and Windows users expect them to show up in Network Neighbourhood.

you certainly won't be allowed into the secret cabal of the BOFH. ;-)

seriously though, appletalk is a nightmare, and apple's current OSes
and laserwriter packages support LPD very nicely, setup a desktop
printer icon for the mac users and they won't know the difference.
user should not have access to the chooser anyway, all they ever do is
screw things up.  

as for windows users samba is not so much of a pain to get working,
you have it setup a windows print spool and tell it to pipe all the
jobs to lpr, bang done, simple.  

but netatalk/appletalk is an unreliable nightmare to mess with, any
time its possible to remove appletalk entirely it should be done.
apple has already very much deprecated appletalk in OSX so mac users
are just going to have let it go sooner or later, might as well be
sooner.

-- 
Ethan Benson 
http://www.alaska.net/~erbenson/

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