Subject: Re: Mac 10.3 trouble printing on Sharp printer/copier
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Johan A.van Zanten <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/28/2004 17:58:07
Yau-Gene Chan <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Hope this is the right place to ask questions...
Mmmm... well, not really. A MacOS X forum would be better, but i'll try
to answer anyway. :)
> I have a Mac running OS 10.3. I have been told this OS is built off
> FreeBSD 4.7. I have a Sharp (AR-M550OU) copier/printer at work, but
> the dealer is telling me I must pay for Postscript to be put on the
> machine in order to have my Mac run the copier/printer.
MacOS X is somewhat derived from FreeBSD. (Which is a sepereate project
But there's a lot of other stuff in MacOS X, including display
Postscript. So i do not think you need to buy Postcript for your Mac.
However, you may need a driver for your Mac to talk to that printer.
> Is this true? And if OS 10.3 is actually FreeBSD 4.7 anyway, is there
> a direct way for FreeBSD to run the printer?
If you want to get into the guts of MacOS X, i believe it also comes with
CUPS (a printing system) and you *might* be able to get it to talk to
Have you tried printing to it as just a Generic printer, by adding it to
the list of printers that MacOS knows about with the Printer setup tool?