installing print drivers
drden2000 at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 4 05:43:48 BST 2007
Thanks for the response. I already tried that several times but could not make them work.
I tried installing the Samsung ML-1610 driver too and no success. I downloaded the Brother
driver several times but could only get errors trying to install. I tried the Canon drivers for
other printers but that failed too. Is splix available through adept? I searched it and cannot find it.
Thanks for the help but I have spent 4 days on this, over 30 hours just to get a printer to print, any 3 of the ones I have.
I have not had good luck with Linux. I still have copies of red hat from '96, gentoo from '98, Caldera from '00, something from '02, 5 different ones in '04/'05 and now Ubuntu/Kubuntu from '07. I'm going back to virus-prone, memory hogging, money-hungry Windows again.
Thanks for your help again. I really do appreciate you trying to help me.
Good luck to you.
> From: Scott at scotttesterman.com
> To: kubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
> Subject: Re: installing print drivers
> Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 05:36:15 -0400
> Printing on Linux seems to be the only area where Linux can't really begin to
> compete with Windows. This is entirely due to the manufacturers and their
> support or lack thereof.
> Canon USA's consumer division has been a nightmare, in my experience, with
> regards to Linux. Even after parent company Canon Japan released Linux
> driver packages, the USA division refused to even acknowledge their
> existence. This means that you could get your printer to work fine, as long
> as you could read Japanese. Interestingly, most of the Canon commercial line
> have Linux drivers of one kind or another available. Keep the printer if you
> still want to use it in Windows (they're great printers, btw) but otherwise
> you may as well sell it and cease to support Canon until they support you.
> That Dell 1110 is a Samsung that they didn't even bother to disguise in a Dell
> black tux, and Samsung printers work quite well, even having official support
> from Samsung. Linuxprinting.org reports that the ML-1610 built-in driver
> works in 600x600 resolution, which IIRC is the max for the 1110, so you'll
> probably get great output. You won't get any function out of the Dell toner
> management system, which means you'll have to take the trouble of noticing of
> your toner has run out. :-D Samsung's official drivers can break scanning
> on your Kubuntu system unless you're using an all-in-one Samsung, so I can't
> recommend them unless you're OK with that or willing to fix the permissions
> Another excellent suggestion for your Dellsung is Splix, a set of open source
> Samsung drivers. (Splix is available in Adept, although it's a slightly old
> version.) Splix supports my Samsung ML-2250 better than the official Samsung
> drivers, even enabling 1200dpi printing. The only caveat is that envelopes
> print with a bizarre barcode-like gibberish around the outer edges, but this
> appears to be a per-printer problem, so your model may work perfectly. I
> have a second copy of my printer installed using PCL6 that I use solely for
> envelopes and keep the Splix copy for the bells and whistles.
> Brother is another manufacturer who seems to have seen the light and is
> working hard to support Linux across their entire line. I can report a
> complete lack of success in trying to get the Brother driver installed on a
> friend's Kubuntu system, but it was a very low-end laser, so a generic PCL
> install worked quite well, albeit without any 1200dpi support. If you want
> to give Brother's official driver a shot, you can find it here:
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