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IBM Infoprint 32 - Alex Belits
IBM Infoprint 32
The company bought an old IBM Infoprint 32 on Ebay -- even older Lexmark Optra E310 that was our main printer used for drawings and templates had worn out paper feeding mechanism, and 8 inches wasn't nearly enough for most of the drawings that we had to produce. Infoprint 32 supports Postscript, and prints on up to 11x17", what is kinda reasonable, considering that equipment made for 19" rack should fit into 17". The problem is, it doesn't come with a PPD file, and searching for it returns nothing.

After more searching I have found a Windows driver from IBM, ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/printers/drivers/netwrk/wxpsa_en.exe, that happened to be a CAB archive. It contains, among other things, IBM43321.PPD, a file that doesn't seem to be present anywhere else. Feeding it to CUPS enabled me to print large drawings in a civilized manner, that is, without switching paper formats by pulling the Letter tray out.

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j_b From: j_b Date: June 22nd, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now that the laser printer had insinuated itself within the TeaLab's network, however, something had changed. The machine worked fine, barring the occasional paper jam, but the ability to modify according to personal taste had disappeared. From the viewpoint of the entire software industry, the printer was a wake-up call. Software had become such a valuable asset that companies no longer felt the need to publicize source code, especially when publication meant giving potential competitors a chance to duplicate something cheaply. From Abelits' viewpoint, the printer was a Trojan Horse.
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