GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
CUPS - Common Unix Printing System
Debian Packages: cupsys cupsys-client cupsys-bsd cupsys-driver-gimpprint cupsomatic-ppd a2ps hp-ppd foomatic-db gsfonts-other cups-pdf
CUPS is a newer printing system and is the preferred printing system for Unix and GNU/Linux. It uses PPD (PostScript Printer Description) files to identify the features of a printer. This allows printer configurations to be maintained and provides access to the printer options through the command line. It also has client side filters to convert, for example, pdf to PostScript to avoid the dreaded pages of raw output of pdf. You can also have a virtual pdf printer to generate pdf instead of printing documents, by installing cups-pdf.
After installing cupsys visit http://localhost:631/ to add a printer to your host Bartok (42.16).