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    Easy Printer Setup in Debian
    Contributed by sethbc on Thursday, October 11 @ 08:01:48 BST

    Ask Debianplanet
    A number of distributions have a 'nice' printer setup utility. Mandrake for one, has a drop down list of printers, you select which one you have, and it works fine the first time. I personally have a Deskjet 712C, which its a royal pain to set up. Is there any kind of application written for Debian that automates the setup of CUPS, and the other Open Source printer drivers?

    DanielS: CUPS itself comes with a web-based admin tool, and I believe there's a webmin module for it.

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    Re: Easy Printer Setup in Debian (Score: 1, Insighful)
    by Anonymous on Thursday, October 11 @ 08:28:15 BST

    We have KUPS, CUPS itself does autodetection in KUPS. The problem for beginners in Debian is following: we have to much software. There is no "printtool" which the installers pulls on your disk and suggest you to use it. You have to find the needed program in you own.

    OTOH some "end-user-friendly" distribution like Xandros or Progeny may create a setup tool which does exactly what other distribution do - install this "user-friendly" stuff as default, presenting the user a "setup" utility which is associated with the "good old" windows-tools, so the beginner intuitively know what he/she should use.

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    Magicfilter (Score: 1)
    by littlealien on Thursday, October 11 @ 10:52:28 BST
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    Install magicfilter. This has a very useful configuration script (magicfilterconfig) that does the hard work for you and creates a printcap. Sure it is not a GUI utility but it is a reasonable start to achieving the same effect.

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    Re: Easy Printer Setup in Debian (Score: 2, Informative)
    by trevorcor on Thursday, October 11 @ 11:58:02 BST
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    KDE has a pretty nice CUPS-configurator (a pretty nice CUPS-based print system all around, really). It's kdelibs3-cups in Sid -- dpkg -l is your friend.

    The RedHat printtool is available in Debian too, but I don't think it does CUPS.

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    Re: Easy Printer Setup in Debian (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Thursday, October 11 @ 14:34:29 BST

    I installed cups a couple of days ago. It went incredibly smooth. Easy to make myself an admin, and then log in through konqueror into the web-based admin stuff. With gimp-print installed it was even more easy to select my printer.

    It's incredible how smooth printer install and configuration has become in the two years since I last setup a printer.

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    Re: Easy Printer Setup in Debian (Score: 1, Informative)
    by Anonymous on Thursday, October 11 @ 17:32:12 BST

    CUPS is really easy to set up. Bur first, get the gimp-print package, which includes CUPS settings for most printers. The real future of CUPS is that while I'm in California, I can print a document to my home office in Boston using authentication and SSL.

    I recommend the web-based tool, as it's very intuitive to set up, and with gimp-print, you get quick access to the print drivers you need. I'm not sure if drivers for the 712C are there.

    I really like CUPS and have implemented it across my home office. But there's a few caveats:

    1) Windows 2000 supports CUPS (IPP) printing BUT does not support authentication or SSL.

    2) Last I checked, CUPS as distributed in Debian has no SSL support compiled in.

    3) The CUPS documentation is extensive and there's a lot of information there, but it's hard to get through.

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    TurboPrint (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, October 12 @ 01:40:13 BST

    I have to say that the best Linux printing solution at the moment is the combination of CUPS and Turboprint. Turboprint is very easy to setup and use. Unfortunately it's cripleware but it seems like cripleware is the latest trend and it might actually help Open Source and Libre software develop further. OpenOffice/StarOffice and Mozilla /Netscape are examples of cripleware that seem to be healthy projects.

    I highly recommend it.

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    Re: Easy Printer Setup in Debian (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Sunday, October 14 @ 04:24:29 BST

    install apsfilter, this is the most simple way to setup your printer

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