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Hi,

I'm looking to implement a network pdf printing solution using linux and samba. I have found tutorials for this on the internet however I am not familiar with linux and wondered if someone could recommend a distribution to use in my scenario.

I don't want to pay a lot of money for a server / corporate distribution however I want it to be any easy to use and intuitive distribution.

The machine will only be used to handle the network pdf printing.

Many thanks,

Robert
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All of the mainstream Linux distributions are suitable for what you want. If the security environment is internal, and security is not your top priority, then the generic Suse/Mandrake/Redhat distributions are fine. I personally use RedHat 8 for mine, but any of the others will do:)

If you are just after a linux network printing solution (including pdf), then I recommend CUPS combined with samba:

www.cups.org
www.samba.org

However, you've said that you are not familiar with linux, in which case I presume that a windows solution would be more appropriate? As you are looking for a linux solution, I presume that you have baulked at the cost of Distiller or similar. You can however, on a windows printer get a similar solution using a generic PS printer, redmon and ghostscript(all 'free'):

http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/redmon/en/redmon.htm

..and look at the section called pdf writer.

HTH:)
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Thanks for the info. Yeah I did get a shock when i looked at the price of Adobe Distiller.

So am I able to download one of the above mentioned companies desktop version distribution and use that?

Will it come with samba printer server etc?

Regards,

Robert
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Yes, they all come with samba...you then configure samba to link with the various printer setups. Personally, I like CUPS, and the documentation is good......

But please consider the redmon link I gave you, as it enables the user to print directly to a pdf file on his own windows PC, which might be more useful for you in the long run?

Using the samba print server approach is normally the better option if you are printing to a specialist (for that read expensive) centrally held printer. Ask yourself whether that is applicable for printing to a pdf file.
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Even some of the mini distributions that come without samba don't cause a problem, as youn can go to the samba site, and download it yourself...although that is a bit more hassle;)
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...and if you can't wait to download all the necessary disc isos, you can always buy them in various computer shops, or there are a number of websites around that will burn the discs for you and send you them in the post.
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Great thanks for all your help. :-)
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A pleasure:)
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