Posted on Sunday March 13, 2016 by Eric Potvin
CUPS (formerly an acronym for Common Unix Printing System, but now with no official expansion) is a modular printing system for Unix-like computer operating systems which allows a computer to act as a print server.
To disable, just add the line
manual to a corresponding override file.
echo "manual" > /etc/init/cups.override
If you really want to remove cups, simply run:
sudo apt-get remove cups