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Another thing: I just bought a Dell laser printer, and hooked it up to my Windows PC. I want to share it with my Linux machine. How does one get Linux drivers for such a printer, and set it up? Thanks again!
If you're sharing it over a network, you'll have to set up samba on the linux box. Then you can use the printer as you would from another windows machine on the network (using netbios). If you don't want samba you could look into getting a print server program for your windows machine so linux can connect to it directly without netbios. Drivers come with linux, i.e. it has it's own, and there's a high probability that there'll be a driver for your printer...
If you want to share a printer attached to the linux machine you'll have to edit the samba configuration file. If the printer is on the windows machine you just add the printer through yast or the cups configuration. Cups has a web configuration utility, accessible through http://localhost:631
To use the administration with the web front-end (CUPS) or the printer administration tool (KDE), the user root must be set up as CUPS administrator with the CUPS administration group sys and a CUPS password. Do this as root with the following command:
lppasswd -g sys -a root
If this is not done, administration with the web interface or with the administration tool is not possible, because the authentication fails if no CUPS administrator has been configured. Instead of root, any other user can also be appointed as CUPS administrator.