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I've played with Linux before (SUSE V6.?), and I've been reading about it ever since, so I'm not an absolute newbie. That having been said...
I've recently found Knoppix (V3.3), and started "test driving" it, to see if it might put me closer to freedom from Micro$oft products. My wife's computer (WinXP Home) is the internet gateway for our network, and the printer (Canon i950 via USB001) is connected to it. I'm using Samba, and LinNeighborhood shows all the right shares, including the printer. For print access I'm using the GUI frontend, which says it's using CUPS, and I've tried several different configurations. Unfortunately, I only seem to be able to get just so far with it.
So far, I've managed to get read/write access both ways, internet access from my machine through hers, and documents to go as far as her print queue. There must be something I'm overlooking, because all the documents I send show up with the number of pages as "N/A". The documents all show up as belonging to "Guest", no matter what ID/password -- if any -- I use. Also, the documents all come through with some generic name, but I don't remember what it is off the top of my head. The status of the print jobs all show that they've been sent to the printer, but -- I'm guessing because of the N/A pages -- nothing prints. The printer "wakes up" if it's off when I try to print, so I'm sure it will work if I can figure out what I'm missing.
Well! After much more searching I, finally(!), found a workable solution to my printing problem. I found a post -- in the "Linux - Hardware" forum, I believe -- that said you could use the Canon BJC-8200 driver via CUPS for the Canon i960. Figuring that there might not be that much difference between the i950 and the i960, I gave it a shot.
It worked! At least, it worked well enough to print out the test page and a couple of text-only files. Now, I need to find a workaround for printing images... <sigh>