6. Spooling software
Until recently, the choice for free software users was simple -
everyone ran the same old lpd lifted mostly verbatim out of BSD's
Net-2 code. Even today, some vendors ship this software. But this
is beginning to change. SVR4-like systems including Sun's Solaris
come with a completely different print spooling package, centered
Today, there are a number of good systems to chose from. They are
all described below; read the descriptions and make your own
choice. CUPS is a good option and recommended for most users; it has excellent Postscript
printer support, offers IPP support, a web interface, and a
number of other features.
For business environments with mainly networked Postscript printers, a front-end
program like GPR with LPRng is another option; it handles
PPD options directly and has a nice interface.