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Printer Language: UFRII-LT Driver link is the mfg website download. Two drivers to install. Install the ..common.. driver first. Multi-function device: Printer / Scanner / Fax. Scanner work 100% with the pixma back end. See link to a howto. Fax not tested yet.

What do they mean by ..common.. driver?

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They could mean Common Unix Printing System CUPS.

CUPS is the software you use to print from applications like the web browser you are using to read this page. It converts the page descriptions produced by your application (put a paragraph here, draw a line there, and so forth) into something your printer can understand and then sends the information to the printer for printing.

Now, since every printer manufacturer does things differently, printing can be very complicated. CUPS does its best to hide this from you and your application so that you can concentrate on printing and less on how to print. Generally, the only time you need to know anything about your printer is when you use it for the first time, and even then CUPS can often figure things out on its own.1


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It means exactly what it says. Canon's driver (as with many others) comes in usually two packages, and one has "common" as part of the name.

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