MINOLTA-QMS Printers Support Common UNIX Printing Methods

Support for Both CUPS and PDQ Widens Compatibility and Ease of Use for

MINOLTA-QMS Color and Monochrome Network Printers in UNIX and Linux

Environments



Highlights

-- Compatibility with MINOLTA-QMS printers provides familiar, graphical

printer drivers for UNIX(R) and Linux(R) users

-- Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) and PDQ supported by all major UNIX

and Linux versions

-- PPD files included with current versions of MINOLTA-QMS network

printers



Apr 02, 2002, 00:00 ET from MINOLTA-QMS, Inc.

    MOBILE, Ala., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- MINOLTA-QMS, Inc. today announced
 its support for the Common UNIX Printing System, better known as "CUPS," as
 well as the PDQ printing system in its current color and monochrome network
 printers. Support for CUPS(TM) and PDQ widens the compatibility for
 MINOLTA-QMS printers to include all major versions of the popular UNIX and
 Linux operating systems. "MINOLTA-QMS has always been a leader in UNIX
 printing," said Steve Fletcher, president and COO of MINOLTA-QMS, "Now, thanks
 to these innovative software solutions, we extend that leadership to include
 Linux printing as well. Our customers who use UNIX or Linux can now easily
 enjoy the efficiency of the Crown architecture built into our printers."
     Both the Common UNIX Printing System and PDQ allow MINOLTA-QMS to enable
 device-specific features, such as paper input trays or duplex printing
 options, by providing PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files to the CUPS
 or PDQ environments. Customers who use UNIX or Linux applications can take
 advantage of either CUPS or PDQ to easily select these features through a
 familiar, web-based graphical user interface.
 
     Common Printing Methods Alleviate Problems with Printing in UNIX or Linux
     Both CUPS and PDQ were designed to alleviate printing problems encountered
 by users of UNIX and Linux. In these operating systems, generic printing is
 easy, but accessing device-specific features such as multiple paper input
 trays or addressable output bins is more difficult. The common printing
 methods now supported by MINOLTA-QMS printers break down barriers to printing
 by providing access to these device-specific features through graphical user
 interfaces or more conventional command line entries. According to the web
 site for CUPS (http://www.cups.org), "CUPS uses IPP 1.1 to provide a complete,
 modern printing system for UNIX that can be extended to support new printers,
 devices, and protocols while providing compatibility with existing UNIX
 applications."
 
     PDQ differs from CUPS in its use of the LPD protocol within TCP/IP.
 LPR/LPD is a familiar, but uncertain method of printing within UNIX. The web
 site for PDQ (http://pdq.sourceforge.net) states, "Most casual UNIX users
 regard lp and lpr as black holes into which print jobs disappear, and may or
 may not emerge. Most users print to the closest printer, and keep on
 submitting the job until they see it. A better model for printing is that the
 workstation processes everything, and submits finalized data to the printer
 when it first becomes available." Both CUPS and PDQ offer the UNIX and Linux
 user graphical interfaces as alternatives to the arcane command line prompt
 commands associated with printing in these systems. MINOLTA-QMS printer
 customers can now choose the printing environment they prefer when using
 either UNIX or Linux.
 
     Support and Availability
     Support for CUPS and PDQ is in the form of customized PostScript Printer
 Description (PPD) and driver files included on the software utilities CD-ROMs
 that ship with MINOLTA-QMS printers. The following printers support the CUPS
 software:
                         MINOLTA-QMS Printers Supported
 
      PDQ (Driver)        PagePro(TM) 9100 N, magicolor(R) 3100 DN, magicolor
                          6110 GN, magicolor 2110 GN, magicolor 330 EX, 2060.
 
      CUPS(PPD)           PagePro 9100 N, magicolor 3100 DN, magicolor 6110 GN,
                          magicolor 2110 GN, magicolor 6100 (except DeskLaser),
                          magicolor 2200 (except DeskLaser), magicolor 330,
                          2060, 3260, 4032, 4060, 2425.
 
     Common UNIX Printing System software is available free of charge from
 http://www.cups.org. CUPS is provided under the GNU General Public License
 (GPL) and GNU Library General Public License (LPGL), Version 2.
     PDQ software is available free of charge from http://pdq.sourceforge.net/.
 PDQ is provided under the GNU Library General Public License (LPGL),
 Version 2.
 
     MINOLTA-QMS, Inc.
     MINOLTA-QMS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Minolta Co., Ltd., is an
 innovative developer, manufacturer, and supplier of document printing
 solutions. The product line includes color and monochrome laser printers, and
 associated supplies and accessories for general office, electronic publishing,
 graphic design, advanced imaging, and home office applications. MINOLTA-QMS is
 headquartered in Mobile, Alabama USA, and distributes products through a
 global network of e-commerce, reseller, and distribution partners.
 
     The MINOLTA-QMS logo, Crown, and magicolor, are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of MINOLTA-QMS, Inc. PagePro is a trademark of Minolta Co., Ltd.
 CUPS is a trademark of Easy Software Products. UNIX is a registered trademark
 of AT&T Bell Laboratories. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
 All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
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SOURCE MINOLTA-QMS, Inc.
    MOBILE, Ala., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- MINOLTA-QMS, Inc. today announced
 its support for the Common UNIX Printing System, better known as "CUPS," as
 well as the PDQ printing system in its current color and monochrome network
 printers. Support for CUPS(TM) and PDQ widens the compatibility for
 MINOLTA-QMS printers to include all major versions of the popular UNIX and
 Linux operating systems. "MINOLTA-QMS has always been a leader in UNIX
 printing," said Steve Fletcher, president and COO of MINOLTA-QMS, "Now, thanks
 to these innovative software solutions, we extend that leadership to include
 Linux printing as well. Our customers who use UNIX or Linux can now easily
 enjoy the efficiency of the Crown architecture built into our printers."
     Both the Common UNIX Printing System and PDQ allow MINOLTA-QMS to enable
 device-specific features, such as paper input trays or duplex printing
 options, by providing PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files to the CUPS
 or PDQ environments. Customers who use UNIX or Linux applications can take
 advantage of either CUPS or PDQ to easily select these features through a
 familiar, web-based graphical user interface.
 
     Common Printing Methods Alleviate Problems with Printing in UNIX or Linux
     Both CUPS and PDQ were designed to alleviate printing problems encountered
 by users of UNIX and Linux. In these operating systems, generic printing is
 easy, but accessing device-specific features such as multiple paper input
 trays or addressable output bins is more difficult. The common printing
 methods now supported by MINOLTA-QMS printers break down barriers to printing
 by providing access to these device-specific features through graphical user
 interfaces or more conventional command line entries. According to the web
 site for CUPS (http://www.cups.org), "CUPS uses IPP 1.1 to provide a complete,
 modern printing system for UNIX that can be extended to support new printers,
 devices, and protocols while providing compatibility with existing UNIX
 applications."
 
     PDQ differs from CUPS in its use of the LPD protocol within TCP/IP.
 LPR/LPD is a familiar, but uncertain method of printing within UNIX. The web
 site for PDQ (http://pdq.sourceforge.net) states, "Most casual UNIX users
 regard lp and lpr as black holes into which print jobs disappear, and may or
 may not emerge. Most users print to the closest printer, and keep on
 submitting the job until they see it. A better model for printing is that the
 workstation processes everything, and submits finalized data to the printer
 when it first becomes available." Both CUPS and PDQ offer the UNIX and Linux
 user graphical interfaces as alternatives to the arcane command line prompt
 commands associated with printing in these systems. MINOLTA-QMS printer
 customers can now choose the printing environment they prefer when using
 either UNIX or Linux.
 
     Support and Availability
     Support for CUPS and PDQ is in the form of customized PostScript Printer
 Description (PPD) and driver files included on the software utilities CD-ROMs
 that ship with MINOLTA-QMS printers. The following printers support the CUPS
 software:
                         MINOLTA-QMS Printers Supported
 
      PDQ (Driver)        PagePro(TM) 9100 N, magicolor(R) 3100 DN, magicolor
                          6110 GN, magicolor 2110 GN, magicolor 330 EX, 2060.
 
      CUPS(PPD)           PagePro 9100 N, magicolor 3100 DN, magicolor 6110 GN,
                          magicolor 2110 GN, magicolor 6100 (except DeskLaser),
                          magicolor 2200 (except DeskLaser), magicolor 330,
                          2060, 3260, 4032, 4060, 2425.
 
     Common UNIX Printing System software is available free of charge from
 http://www.cups.org. CUPS is provided under the GNU General Public License
 (GPL) and GNU Library General Public License (LPGL), Version 2.
     PDQ software is available free of charge from http://pdq.sourceforge.net/.
 PDQ is provided under the GNU Library General Public License (LPGL),
 Version 2.
 
     MINOLTA-QMS, Inc.
     MINOLTA-QMS, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Minolta Co., Ltd., is an
 innovative developer, manufacturer, and supplier of document printing
 solutions. The product line includes color and monochrome laser printers, and
 associated supplies and accessories for general office, electronic publishing,
 graphic design, advanced imaging, and home office applications. MINOLTA-QMS is
 headquartered in Mobile, Alabama USA, and distributes products through a
 global network of e-commerce, reseller, and distribution partners.
 
     The MINOLTA-QMS logo, Crown, and magicolor, are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of MINOLTA-QMS, Inc. PagePro is a trademark of Minolta Co., Ltd.
 CUPS is a trademark of Easy Software Products. UNIX is a registered trademark
 of AT&T Bell Laboratories. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
 All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X34184693
 
 SOURCE  MINOLTA-QMS, Inc.