[CentOS] Configuring printers in CentOS 5

Thu Jan 6 17:10:11 UTC 2011
Glenn Eychaner <geychaner at mac.com>

Could someone please explain to me how to best configure printers in CentOS 5?
I've been trying to configure a new printer, which is served by a Mac Mini:

If I open a web browser at localhost:631, or "system-configure-printers" and I configure
the new printer as an IPP printer, it winds up in a list of "Remote printers", and once it
winds up there I can't seem to delete the printer or change the settings at all.  If I try using
the system-config-printers interface, it's all greyed out; if I try using CUPS, it actually tries
to connect to CUPS on the Mini! In order to delete it, I have to manually revert the /etc/cups
files and restart the cups printing system in system-config-services.

I just don't understand printer configuration on Linux.  On the Macs, it's just plug and go.
Why does CentOS have to make it so confusing?

Glenn Eychaner (geychaner at lco.cl)
Telescope Systems Programmer, Las Campanas Observatory