[K12OSN] Slow printing

Les Mikesell les at futuresource.com
Thu Sep 16 12:39:21 UTC 2004

On Wed, 2004-09-15 at 23:50, Sudev Barar wrote:

> Will report the results, in the meanwhile any one else found this
> problem and any suggested solutions? For record Lasers on /dev/lp0 run
> equally fast under both OS.

The problem in general is that unix/Linux applications tend
to generate postscript, so printing to non-postscript printers
involves passing through ghostscript, consuming CPU to create
a bulky raster image, then often pushing the image through
an inefficient character device like a parallel or usb port.
Using a postscript-capable device with its own network
connection eliminates a lot of overhead on the server, but
it is more expensive.

   Les Mikesell
    les at futuresource.com

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