CUPS-1.5rc1 pulls in at 139,003,588 bytes fully compiled. The cat FILE > /dev/lp0 technique pulls in at under 1 MB, and that's with all kinds of unnecessary testing cruft, not including the standard utilities it uses. If I had the source code for the rastertosamsungspl filter I use, that would probably add a another MB.
PDQ is (yet another) abandoned project. Bummer.Quote:
Many distros have smaller, simpler alternatives for big complex desktops like gnome and kde; why aren't there small simple alternatives to cups? I mean, I know they exist - there's PDQ for a start - but why are they not in common use in distros?
My best guess? I think it has something to do with the reason I do not have the source code for the samsung filter I need to make the hardware work. Why do they not let me at the source code? There's only 1 reason I can think of: Money. Why would they be getting paid to keep the source code for a silly little program secret? Who profits from this?
Someone should start a database of filters and PPD files for all known printers. www.AntiCUPS.org perhaps. Any volunteers? I don't have a website.