cups, kdeprint, printing in general
I built my KDE from source last month. I just recently bought a new printer, and so I installed CUPS and a few other printing utilities. The problem is that when I compiled my kdelibs, I didn't have CUPS installed, and at the time I couldn't envision having my very own printer so I never even bothered. Therefore the kdelibs configure script omitted the CUPS plugin for KDEPrint, or kprinter. Is there a way I can work around this problem or do I have to recompile my entire KDE system?
The other thing that's baffling me is that I can't even print from my fluxbox window manager. The only thing I can print is a text file from the command line, whether it be out of X, or in a Konsole or xterm window, using the lpr command with no options. It's making me wonder, and among the various quirks I would like to deal with on my Linux system, the printer happens to be the most important one. Does anyone have any suggestions at all? Are there any alternatives to CUPS? Are there any good sites that explain Linux printing very well?
I suppose that there's a lot of questions here, not all of them leading to the same sort of answer, I suppose, but the first part, with KDEPrint, is my attempt at solving half the problem. If anyone can help me at all, please don't hesitate. I would like to stop having to always go into Windows to print things that I create in Linux. Anyway, thanks a lot. Peace.