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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I know how to do it the other way around
by lemur2 on Thu 10th Jun 2010 13:22 UTC
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

If you have a local printer that Linux can print to, then just install CUPS on the Linux machine. CUPS can make that printer appear as a network Postscript printer to all other machines on the LAN. Even Windows machines can then print to it without having to have a specific driver installed.

BTW: HP supports Linux very well indeed.

http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html

It is a pity that you didn't have a HP printer, because then you would not be having this trouble.

I picked up a HP USB inkjet multifunction F2480 PSC (Print, Scan, Copy) device (works beautifully with Kubuntu, just plug it in & you are good to go) very, very cheaply recently. The ink costs more ...

Edited 2010-06-10 13:28 UTC

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bolomkxxviii Member since:
2006-05-19

My HP laser printer was not supported until about six months ago. HP is certainly not perfect with printers under linux.

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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Most HP laser printers have PS and PCL interpreters, so you could set them as generic PS/PCL printers and they should print.

Edited 2010-06-10 18:31 UTC

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