Apple Acquires CUPS Printing System

Susan Hall

Apple has acquired the rights to the Common Unix Printing System, the open-source Unix printing system used in Mac OS X and several Linux and Unix distributions, reports CUPS is used for printing in almost all Linux distributions, including Debian, Novell SUSE, Red Hat, PCLinuxOS and Ubuntu, notes eWEEK.


Developer Michael Sweet revealed on his Web site that he and Apple agreed in February that he would take a position at Apple and turn the rights over to the company.


The software will remain under its GPL2/Lesser GPL2 licensing system, meaning it still will be freely available to developers, though Apple has exempted OS X and Darwin-based CUPS software from code-sharing requirements.

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