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Setting up a linux print server

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I have about 35 windows clients that need to print to a printer.  I dont have a windows server, and i think the max clients for Windows XP print server is 10.  Is it possible to set up an Ubuntu machine and make that the print server?  What would be the max number of client able to print?  Is there any compatibility issue with this setup?
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by:Jan Springer
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As long as you have the *nix driver for the HP printer that you want/have, you can use your server for printing.

If you don't have the driver, there is a good chance that there is one available for download and install.

Clients install the windows software to print to the printer (on network TCP port 9100).

There are no licensing issues.  Compatibility is based upon what model and drivers supported (built-in) or available via download.
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i want to set up a print server and not a direct client to printer connection via ip.  I hope i am understanding you right, What is the maximum amout of client computers able to print to this ubuntu desktop set up as a print server?
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by:Jan Springer
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All HP printers that I've ever used required the client to have the *client* print software loaded locally regardless of what the server type is.

The capacity of the server to handle print jobs is dependent upon the server memory, cpu, disk space, number of files per X and size of files.  It's just like any other server except that it's open source so there are no licensing issues with regard to the number of clients.
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I understand that, im not worried about the licensing,  If i used XP as the print server the max that is supported by the OS is 10.  I am wondering what is the max on Ubuntu.
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That comes back to the number of print jobs per X, the size of the files, the cpu, the memory ...
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Other than hardware limitation, the os it self does not?
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Linux is open source and falls under its open source licensing.  There are no OS limitations to the number of connected clients.
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