I would like to set up a network printer on my Linux desktop (Parabola GNU/Linux, derivative of Arch) so that my wife can connect to it with her Macbook. I understand that Linux uses Avahi to share printers with a local network, but Apple Macs use Bonjour for printer sharing. They look like similar (zeroconf) technologies - to what extent are they compatible? Is there anything special I need to do, to allow a Mac to connect to a printer I share with Avahi (over wifi)?

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Yes, Avahi and Bonjour are both implementations of Multicast DNS (mDNS) and DNS Service Discovery (DNS-SD), which are standardized by the IETF and fully compatible. For printing specifically, CUPS, the print server used on both macOS and most Linux systems, uses the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) under the hood, which is published under a standard DNS-SD service type (_ipp._tcp) that macOS should have no trouble understanding.

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