I am looking at buying a printer (actually an all-in-one I prefer for the features it provides, but I want to focus on the printer part here) which does not provide linux drivers, but does provide Mac OS X drivers. I know that both operating systems (can) use CUPS for printing. Does this mean that I could copy the ppd (driver) file from the Mac OS X driver package and use it (modified) under linux?
When looking into the file, there are Mac OS X print dialog-specific lines such as
*APPrinterIconPath: "/Library/Printers/<path to icons file>.icns" *APDialogExtension: "/Library/Printers/<path to Mac OS X plugin file>.plugin" *APAutoSetupTool: "/Library/Printers/<path to autoconfig utility>"
that I think I can safely remove. There are also lines with OS X-specific paths such as
*cupsFilter: "application/vnd.cups-raster 0 /Library/Printers/<path to filter file>" *OKDitherLibrary: "/Library/Printers/<path to dither library>.dylib"
that I don't know what to do with. As with the last line, there are quite a number of other lines with keywords starting with 'OK', which I think are vendor-specific, such as
*OKPaperCheckManualFeed_CheckOFF: True *OKSupportCUPaperSizeCheck: True *OKSupportCustomManualFeed_CheckOFF: True *OKSupportPCLMediaTypeUSERTYPE: Yes *OKSupportMarginCentering: True
which I also don't know what to do with.
(As a fallback, given that the printer supports PCL6, I could use the generic driver for that, but then miss out on miss out on possibly interesting functionality.)