Yes, it is easier to hook up printers directly to the box. The downside is that, in many cases, Linux servers are in the data center, which would make them unavailable to users. Our objective is to configure print services and also make the printers available to the clients. If your Linux server is sitting under someone's desk, then by all means, do this. But then I would ask myself, why that server is sitting under someone's desk?
This was first published in May 2007