hmmm.....i'm thinking that maybe i'm wrong on the whole kde thing. i don't actually know that for sure. here's what i know, and then hopefully someone can help me.
i have two computers connected through a lan, both running mandrake 9.1. my laptop runs in kde, my desktop in gnome. i have guarddog running on both systems, and they are connected through a nat router. i have a few daemons running on the desktop (nfs and ssh) that are servicing my laptop with no problems. i have also enabled printer sharing of the printer on my desktop through cups. here's where my problems come in:
1. i can't get my laptop to recognize the printer through the firewalls. mandrake control center can't find it, webmin can't find it, kde control center can't find it, and none of my programs can find it. however:
2. if i go to [desktop ip address]:631 through a web browser, i can see the printer there, with status "ready to print"
3. if i want to print something, i can do so by disabling both firewalls. this isn't too big of a problem, because i can do it on the desktop through ssh from the laptop, so i don't have to walk back and forth. it's still annoying, though.
4. however, it's not totally cut and dry. after i re-enable the firewalls, mandrake control center can still find the desktop printer for a minute or two. furthermore, even with both firewalls disabled, sometimes the printer will still disappear (after an extended period of time), and i have to rescan for it (or sometimes even re-enable and re-disable the firewalls).
any suggestions? thanks a lot--i know this is a long post, and i appreciate anyone's help.