Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 12:53 UTC
Linux This is a problem I've been dealing with for a while now. I have a Lexmark printer which I've bought without checking for compatibility with Linux (I bought it when I was still using Windows), and as it turns out, this printer is not supported in Linux. I switched to Linux on my main desktop full-time late last year, so instead of to my desktop, I hooked this printer up to my bedroom Windows 7 media server/HTPC, and whenever I need to print, I just drop the file in question on this machine, and print form there. I need a better solution. Update: As it turns out, Lexmark has recently started releasing Linux drivers (good stuff). Still, the problem at hand stands, as there might still be other printers that suffer from the same problem.
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Ghostscript and RedMon
by chmeee on Thu 10th Jun 2010 19:37 UTC
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2006-01-10

I had (still have but sitting in the closet) a Lexmark x6150, and the only way I found to print to it from *NIX was to set up a Windows print server (old eMachines celeron running Windows 2000) and use ghostscript and redmon for redirecting it. More details can be found at

http://www.stat.tamu.edu/~henrik/GSPSprinter/GSPSprinter.html

It took patience following those instructions, but it worked pretty well. Given the low power of the server, and the insane memory and CPU requirements of ghostscript, it usually took about 2-3 minutes per page.

[EDIT: wrong printer number]

Edited 2010-06-10 19:45 UTC

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