Copyright © 2002 Andy Stewart
The Gutenprint Top Quality Printer Drivers (hereafter called Gutenprint) are a set of printer drivers written to take advantage of the full capabilities of a wide range of printers. These drivers should work on any POSIX compliant operating system (e.g. Linux, Solaris, IRIX, etc). This document will explain how to use the Gutenprint software to achieve high quality printouts from the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) and CUPS (Common Unix Printing System).
Please note that in addition to using the Gutenprint software as a print plugin for the GIMP, and as a set of printer drivers for CUPS, this software can also be compiled and used with the Ghostscript software and with the Foomatic software.
Regardless of whether the Gutenprint software is used with the GIMP, CUPS, Ghostscript, or Foomatic, the print quality and printer settings remain the same. However, use of the Gutenprint with Ghostscript and Foomatic is not covered in this document. These topics may be covered in a future revision of this document.
This document corresponds to version 4.2.0 and later of the Gutenprint software. This document will serve as a guide to the user, and as such will not explain how to install Gutenprint, CUPS, GIMP, Ghostscript, Foomatic, or any other related software.
Andy Stewart, the author, is the founder of the Worcester Linux Users' Group in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. The group was founded in July 1997 and has approximately 140 people on its mailing list. Monthly meetings are held and all are invited.
In terms of "code", this is the author's first contribution to the open source community, and definitely his first experience with DocBook. Constructive comments, praise, words of encouragement, and the like will be most appreciated if e-mailed to the author.