Linked by Michael Pfeiffer on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 00:05 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Gutenprint is a suite of printer drivers that can be used with UNIX and Linux print spooling systems, such as CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System), lpr, LPRng, and others. Gutenprint currently supports over 700 printer models. Gutenprint was recently ported to Haiku, both increasing its printing capabilities, as well as extending its supported printer models. This article describes Gutenprint and the effort to port it to Haiku.
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PPD Files Question
by drcouzelis on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 01:19 UTC
drcouzelis
Member since:
2010-01-11

Ok, so, I'm having kind of a quiet night, so I download the latest Haiku nightly build and install it to my hard drive. After downloading WebPositive, I relax by checking one of my favorite websites, OSNews, and, suprise, the latest article is about printing it Haiku! So, I went ahead and tried setting up my printer.

Haiku has a gloriously simple user interface (of course) for installing printers. I select gutenprint -> Samsung -> and fail to find my printer listed. (Samsung ML-2510) I had the same problem in Linux, until I installed the drivers from the SpliX package. I just now downloaded the SpliX drivers and have the "ml2510.ppd" driver sitting on my Haiku desktop.

SO... My question is, can Haiku / gutenprint use a PPD printer driver file? If so, where shall I "install" (copy) it to?

If the PPD file won't work, don't worry about it. ;)

Thank you so much!

By the way, a fabulous amount of printers seem to be supported.

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RE: PPD Files Question
by umccullough on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 01:26 in reply to "PPD Files Question"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

SO... My question is, can Haiku / gutenprint use a PPD printer driver file? If so, where shall I "install" (copy) it to?

If the PPD file won't work, don't worry about it. ;)


I may be mistaken, but I think you'll need Foomatic for that - which Haiku's Gutenprint port doesn't include.

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RE: PPD Files Question
by xaeropower on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 01:32 in reply to "PPD Files Question"
xaeropower Member since:
2005-12-16

"fabulous amount of printers seem to be supported"

Exactly seems to be... Just because your printer listed it doesn't mean the driver will work. Actually very few of those printers supported as much as they are in windows not to mention the new 4in1 printers which prints, faxes, copies etc.
You might able to get the printing working but not the other functions and when you go to the manufacturers webpage looking for linux drivers they just throw you a link to GutenPrint and have fun...

If you are about to buy a printer for a unix only network then:
a, either buy a network printer which has its own ppd embedded in it and recognize file formats. In this case you can just ftp a pdf to the printer and its printing it.
b, Do an in depth search about the printer you about to buy is really supported don't just read 2 googled post on linuxquestions, ubuntuforums about it.

Personally I dont give a damn about bothering with the whole *cups* silliness just install xp on a vm and set the printer up in it. It doesn't worth the time when the printers are still on the same price then the ink cartridges. If it doesn't work out you can throw it away and buy a new one.

Edited 2010-12-23 01:36 UTC

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RE[2]: PPD Files Question
by Morgan on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 06:58 in reply to "RE: PPD Files Question"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Personally I dont give a damn about bothering with the whole *cups* silliness just install xp on a vm and set the printer up in it. It doesn't worth the time when the printers are still on the same price then the ink cartridges.


But you see, not everyone wants to run XP either natively or in a VM. That would be why they are running an alternative OS in the first place. Another reason would be that they cannot afford or find for purchase a copy of XP even if they did want to run it.


If it doesn't work out you can throw it away and buy a new one.


This quote is a perfect example of what is wrong with our culture today. I know you are speaking of trashing the VM and reinstalling, which is trivial save for the time involved. But really, it speaks of a wider philosophy of "if it's broken, don't fix it just throw it away and buy another". That is anathema to my ears.

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