Summary

Printers are necessary adjuncts to most computer systems. As a general rule, Linux works well with mid-range and high-end printers. Low-end printers sometimes cause problems, however, because they often use proprietary protocols for which no Linux driver exists. It's therefore important that you check for compatibility of any given printer at http://www.picante.com/~gtaylor/pht/printer_list.cgi.

When you've got a printer that you know is compatible with Linux, the easiest way to configure it is usually through a GUI tool that came with your distribution. In some cases, however, you might need to manually configure your queue using your distribution's print filter or another print filter, such as MagicFilter. These tools automatically identify files of particular types and pass them through appropriate conversion programs, such as Ghostscript, so that they can print correctly on your printer.

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