SUMMARY: Netscape printing on Solaris

From: Marc S. Gibian (
Date: Wed Jan 21 1998 - 09:05:27 CST

I asked if Netscape on Solaris 2.x printed only Postscript, answer is yes, and
how to print this to non-Postscript printers, answer is almost universally
Ghostscript. Other filters were mentioned, but Ghostscript is by far the most

I am a bit concerned about the licensing issues surrounding Ghostscript as it
would have to be bundled into an end-user install of a US Air Force owned
software product produced by my customer (USAF themselves).

It also strikes me as unfortunate that so many users must depend on a print
filter not bundled into Solaris to do their printing. If Sun is serious about
competing with NT for the server market, I think they need to rethink their
printing strategy, particularly since NeWSprinter has been discontinued (not in
itself a problem, but there is now nothing from Sun to fill the void).

My thanks to the multitudes, thus far consisting of:

Jeff Wasilko <>
Chris Phillips <chris@scooter.Canada.Sun.COM>
Casper Dik <casper@holland.Sun.COM>
"V. Q. Hoang" <>
David Wolfskill <>
Joe Pruett <>
Erwin Fritz <>
Harry Levinson <>
George Cameron <>
Dave Wreski <>
Reto Lichtensteiger <>
Jochen Bern <bern@TI.Uni-Trier.DE>
"D.J. Gregor" <>
Aleksandar Milivojevic <>
Dieter Gobbers <>
James Neal - HandiCAT <>
John D Groenveld <>


Marc S. Gibian
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