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Old 03-08-2006, 04:05 PM   #1
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Windows printing under linux

I'm running Fedora Core 4 on my computer, but my dad and mother have a Windows XP Pro computer. Only that computer has a printer, a Canon Pixma IP 8500 with a USB plug. Now was my question: How can I send printjobs to that printer from Linux? I hope that someone can try to help me cause I only know a little of Linux, but I have failed to install that printer.

Hope to hear from anyone soon.
Greetz, Jan Jasper de Kroon
Old 03-08-2006, 04:29 PM   #2
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Setup sharing for the printer on Windows. This should be something like: right-click on the printer in 'Control Panel -> Printers and Faxes', then select 'Sharing' and enable printer sharing from there. Assuming you're on a network with your parents alone, there will be no security risks** - so go ahead and get disable whatever is needed to make printer be shared.

Then in Linux, if you're using KDE go to the Control Centre and you should be able to set up a remotely shared printer quite easily. IIRC you can even search for shared printers on the network.. user-friendliness in action.



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** Theoretically only. It depends how secure the entrance to your network is (eg. the router), or how easily someone else can connect to your network (more of a risk if it's wireless).
Old 03-08-2006, 06:06 PM   #3
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Old 03-08-2006, 06:58 PM   #4
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try system-config-printer in terminal/console mode on fedora machine - thats gonna give you options to set queue and other options.

Alternatively try http://localhost:631 and see if it helps at all.


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