Steve Smith, host of your Technology Questions Answered, explains how to get your printer working within Linux.
Episode #1-32 released on May 8, 2011
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In a day of digital medians, we still find a real need for printers, and in an age where more and more of us are converting to Linux based operating systems, we are finding that its a real deal and headache trying to get our printers to work within linux, so today, we tackle the installation process for getting your printers to work within Linux.
Things you'll need are as follows: a dash of patience, a few breaths of air, a printer, a computer with linux installed, and a few minutes to follow our instructions. I've found the sites you need, and the instructions you require, so the rest you don't need to worry about.
Some printers are rebuilt on other printer hardware, like the Canon MP560 is the new version of the Canon MP620 which uses the MP610 driver, and not the MP500 driver like Linux recommends.
When all else fails, if you still run one Windows machine in your network, use the Samba printer share option and take advantage of the printer, or use the Generic Printer setting and look up which details need to be modified.
I've included some links on the show notes page (down below), to help any of you that wish to get your particular printer working if its not listed. Just a note, it is in my opinion that canon deliberately makes it complicated to install several of their printers by using non-standard port variables and delays, so don't be too upset if it doesn't work the first try. There is bound to be other people that have had the same issue, and have solved it.
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