installing print drivers

D T 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 
> issues.
> 
> 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:
> 
> http://solutions.brother.com/linux/sol/printer/linux/cups_wrapper_install2.html
> 
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