Why are Linux, mDNS and AirPrint together
so important to me?
My home computing environment:
- Primary Desktop: Apple Mac OS X
- Secondary Desktop: Various flavours of Linux
- Server OS: Linux
- PDA: Apple iPod Touch
- Printer: HP LaserJet 4P / Nano-ITX PC, Debian 5.0 / CUPS
The iPod Touch uses the stock IOS updated to the most recent version (not
jailbroken), and I really wanted to be able to print from it.
Apple's AirPrint technology for iPhone/iPad is only officially supported
on a select few newer-model printers. However, AirPrint relies on mDNS
under the hood to do it's thing.
I acquired HP LaserJet 4P for free (used, with a partially used and an
unused toner cartridge) in 2001, and it has been working without problems
ever since. Until it dies, I have no real desire to buy a new printer.