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Re: w32 issues

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: w32 issues
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 09:09:57 +0000
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Richard Stallman wrote:
GDI is an API developed by Microsoft. The real problem is not the API itself, but rather that GDI printers are exclusively accessible via a proprietary protocol. Therefore, GDI printers should actually be called "printers exclusively accessible via a proprietary protocol".

Do these printers work only with Windows?

Some may do, but I think most work with CUPS and Ghostscript on GNU/Linux, either because the proprietary protocol is published by the manufacturer, or it has been reverse engineered. The above was a quote from SuSE's printing documentation (which they may have got from elsewhere).

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