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Get a Canon all-in-one printer working with Ubuntu

These instructions are for Canon all-in-one printers (printer, scanner, and copier in one unit). These instructions are for the Canon PIXMA MP160, but these instructions can be adapted for other all-in-one printers in the Canon PIXMA series of all-in-one printers. This is done entirely in the terminal. All terminal commands are in boldface.

Change The PDF Printer Output Directory

Since Ubuntu 7.10, a PDF printer has been installed by default. The behavior of this feature has changed from Ubuntu 7.10, instead of asking for a name and location for the PDF, Ubuntu 8.04 will guess a name for the document and place the file in a folder called PDF in your home directory.

Installing and managing HP printers (including multi-function) in Ubuntu

The HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) project really makes it easy to install and manage HP printers (and their extended functions like scanning and faxing) under Ubuntu. I only wish Samsung and Brother provided the same!

Choosing an ink-level monitor

Thanks to the OpenPrinting Database and the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS), printer support on GNU/Linux is much easier than it was at the turn of the millennium. However, one area in which support still lags is in the detection of ink levels in inkjet printers.

PDF Printer in Gutsy

Printing to PDF isn’t setup by default in Gutsy, but it’s easy to implement. Just follow this guide. You’ll need the cups-pdf package, so run this command to install it if you don’t have it:

Connecting to Printers

 

 

In this short screencast we look at various ways of connecting printers in Ubuntu. We don't look at troubleshooting printer issues, as that will be covered in a later screencast, what we do cover is:-

  • Printer audio detection in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) - Note: Gutsy is not yet released so we do not recommend running it on production hardware, and some features may change between now and the release date.
  • Automatic detection of network printers
  • Manually configuring network printers
  • Connecting to Windows shared printers.
  • Printing test pages

A label printer for Linux

When Seiko Instruments said it is now offering Linux drivers for its Smart Label Printer 450 and offered to send me one to test, I was happy to hear it, because it seemed like an example of how Linux is being recognized for even non-mass-market hardware devices. While the printer does work as advertised, it is clear that Linux support is a work in progress.

Ubuntu Guide For Windows Users: Connecting To Shared Printers On Windows Computers

For Windows users setting up and sharing printers on Windows Computers, the process is simple. On Ubuntu or Kubuntu the process is also very easy.

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