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Old 10-12-2006, 09:19 AM   #1
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Setting up a Windows network with a Linux box as a printserver?


I'm exploring possibilities in this area. The network at my wife's work has an old Windows 98 machine that she uses to browse the web. As we all know, Microsoft ended their security update support for Win98 back in July. I'm contemplating pitching the idea to her boss to use Ubuntu on that machine. The problem is, however, that this machine has a printer connected to it via LPT1. It is also a shared printer on the network, albeit not the primary network printer.

My question is, is there a way to share the printer (through the Ubuntu machine) so that the other Windows clients on the network will be able to see and use it?

Any help would be greatly apreciated.

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Old 10-13-2006, 06:04 AM   #2
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The Linux printing service (CUPS) is network-aware, and later versions of Windows (2000 onwards) can potentially use this direct with a generic driver. In this case you'll probably use Samba for better integration - this is a suite of interoperability facilities that would enable you to present a printer on Linux as a Windows network print queue. Samba enables Linux to act as a Windows server for file, printer, sharing, authentication, etc. and is copiously documented on the Samba Web site.

The weakness of Samba is that it can do so much that people frequently get confused by all the options (almost none of which you actually need!), so try with a graphical tool first before you try to edit the configuration file directly.
 
Old 10-13-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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Cisco Systems ( you know that littel networking company.. ) has been using Linux print servers for YEARS to service it's unix and Windows clients on their network.. Replacing all the Windows NT printservers..

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/2907

So yes I would say theres a small chance it will work
 
Old 10-13-2006, 08:49 AM   #4
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That's an interesting article. For anybody else who picks up this thread: the article linked to by farslayer discusses LPR, rather than the CUPS service that is now the default for Linux and Apple, but has a lot of good stuff in it.

This also raises something that I should have thought of: in practice it's probably more effective to attach the shared printer to a network print server box, rather than directly to a desktop PC. Print servers units can look expensive until you factor in the total time that can be lost by using a desktop PC for this - nobody can print unless the computer is actually switched on and working...

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Old 10-13-2006, 01:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys!
 
Old 10-13-2006, 01:50 PM   #6
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Theres a nice Samsung Laser printer I have my eye on that has a built in network print server for just under $200.00. Hard to beat a deal like that. 1200 dpi 22 pages per minute, and it supports Linux..

Samsung ML-2251n

if only my current laser printer would just die.. darn thing is about 10 years old and it just keeps printing... It's hanging off my network with an external printserver that is just as old, and refuses to let me reconfigure it.. plus the whopping 4 ppm I get fro that old Laser.. I just need an excuse.

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Old 10-15-2006, 10:56 PM   #7
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Yes a linux Print Server will work great, My suggestion is use Fedora Core 5, it is using a later version of hplib (1.2), whaereas Ubuntu current version is 0.9. The Ubuntu repository are far behind, Go to a website called linuxprinting.org, for a very good guide on how to set it up with your windows network

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