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My experience with both OSX and Windows is that you just need to plug a printer in and it just works. Can't remember that ever happening with BSD/Linux in my experience. :( But it sounds like things have improved which is good to know.



In Arch Linux (and this is Arch Linux) all I ever had to do was install avahi (explained in the docs) and CUPS would find the printers automatically. On the other hand, I know of several cases where an OS X machine would cause unauthenticated printers on the same network (without any printing being done by the user) to start printing hundreds of pages of what looked like service discovery packets.


>My experience with both OSX and Windows is that you just need to plug a printer in and it just works.

It's never been that way for Windows: you've obviously never used a network printer in a large office.




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