Linux's printing system is different from that used by Windows, so if you've come from that environment, Linux may seem odd. Since the mid-1990s, Linux distributions have been migrating away from the traditional BSD LPD software to the updated LPRng, and now they're migrating to the totally redesigned CUPS. When printing to non-PostScript printers, all of these systems rely on Ghostscript to convert PostScript into a format the printer can understand; therefore, knowing how to tweak Ghostscript settings can be very helpful in optimizing a printing setup. Linux's printing model is very network-oriented, so sharing printers is relatively straightforward, at least in theory. In practice, the presence of three major printing systems, each with its own configuration tools, can make it tricky to get everything working together, particularly if your network uses more than one printing tool.

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