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Old 05-23-2006, 08:37 PM   #1
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help installing packages


hi, i installed an os called linspire--i'm reading the unix core is debian, and it's fine as long as i dl the software they have: i successfully installed kooka for my epson scanner (but still haven't found s.w. like acrobat, where i can scan directly into and edit, print or fax like i used to do on this dell when i ran winxp); digikam for my kodak but the linspire site doesn't have a one-click installation for my lexmark z615 printer. i dl-ed the driver from lexmark but i can't figure out how to install the driver using the terminal and i need to learn how but everything i read seems cryptic...any advice?
i need a driver for a logitech trackball as i'm disabled and have limited dexterity.

thanks, rob
 
Old 05-23-2006, 11:24 PM   #2
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Disclaimer: I don't use Linspire. I use Debian; so, my advice may not apply.

As root, install the program printconf. Run this program. It will set up your printer.

To install it, run the following commands in the terminal:
apt-get update
apt-get install printconf

Then, still in the terminal, just enter the command "printconf", and your printer will be set up.
 
Old 05-24-2006, 09:04 AM   #3
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thanks, it went like this...

robeec:~# apt-get update
Reading Package Lists... Done
robeec:~# apt-get install printconf
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package printconf
robeec:~# printconf
-su: printconf: command not found
robeec:~# su printconf
Unknown id: printconf
robeec:~# printconf
-su: printconf: command not found
robeec:~#


i'm told linspire use debian linux. i thank you in advance for any help...rob
 
Old 05-24-2006, 01:00 PM   #4
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Never used Linspire as I prefer Debian itself.

But for your printing problem you may want to look here:
LinuxPrinting.org
http://www.linuxprinting.org/

You may need to setup your sources.list to point to proper Debain repos.
APT HOWTO
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/ap....html#contents

Last there is an "Official" Linspire forum you may want to take a look at.
Linspire.com Community Forums
http://forum.linspire.com/
 
Old 05-24-2006, 01:09 PM   #5
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Hmm. Linspire, while derived from Debian, is a different distro.
Go to http://localhost:631 and see if you can set up your printer there. This is a web interface of the CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System), which most Linux systems use to set up printers. If nothing shows up at this site, install cupsys and cupsys-client (and maybe cupsys-bsd). A generic CUPS driver might work for this. Most of these drivers exist in the package foomatic-filters-ppds (note, this is a big package). First, though, try the specific driver offered by the Lexmark site.

So, try this (keep in mind my initial disclaimer from post two):

Code:
apt-get install cupsys-client cupsys cupsys-bsd alien
Note: If it gives a bunch of warnings about removing its current printing system for CUPS, then hold off on installing CUPS (Linspire may use something else). Instead, just install "alien" for now (which is used to install the Lexmark driver).

Then, go to the Lexmark site, and download the RPM for Lexmark Z605 (closest I could find).

Now, in your terminal, go to the directory where you downloaded the z600llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm file (I'll assume your home directory at robeec:~#.) Run the following command:
Code:
robeec:~# alien z600llpddk-2.0-1.i386.rpm
This converts the rpm package into a debian package. You'll get a message something like this:
Code:
z600llpddk_2.0-2_i386.deb generated
Now, install this:
Code:
robeec:~# dpkg -i z600llpddk_2.0-2_i386.deb
If Linspire has an "Add printer" wizard, try it, since you now have the driver installed. Perhaps simply rebooting would work at this point. If not, then now be sure to have CUPS installed, and try the following:

Then, in your web browser, open http://localhost:631. Click on Administration, and Add Printer. Follow the steps. If you do not see your printer listed, try the closest one.

If this doesn't work, try installing foomatic-filters-ppds, and then go back to your web browser, at http://localhost:631. There will now be dozens of drivers to choose from. Select the closest one, and give it a try.


For the trackball, try installing dasher. I don't know much about this, but I did a quick search for "trackball" in Synaptic, and the program dasher came up. When you're looking for stuff, Synaptic is a great tool. Anyway, Synaptic described "Dasher" thusly:
Quote:
A graphical predictive text input system
Dasher is an information-efficient text-entry interface, driven by natural
continuous pointing gestures. Dasher is a competitive text-entry system
wherever a full-size keyboard cannot be used - for example,

* on a palmtop computer
* on a wearable computer
* when operating a computer one-handed, by joystick, touchscreen, trackball,
or mouse .....
You can create pdf (Acrobat) files using OpenOffice.org word processor. This program allows you to save files in Acrobat format (you can't edit pdf files, though; so, it's useful to save them in odt format also for later editting (or doc, if you prefer).

Good luck.

Last edited by mark_alfred; 05-24-2006 at 02:04 PM.
 
Old 05-24-2006, 02:48 PM   #6
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thanks, nice ppl

i'm gonna give this a try...

hey, you guys think i should get rid of linspire and dl red hat?
 
Old 05-24-2006, 02:53 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by robeec
i'm gonna give this a try...

hey, you guys think i should get rid of linspire and dl red hat?
I know nothing about Red Hat; so, I can't really say.
 
Old 05-24-2006, 03:29 PM   #8
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maybe debian

Quote:
Originally Posted by mark_alfred
I know nothing about Red Hat; so, I can't really say.
better off w/debian?
 
Old 05-24-2006, 03:38 PM   #9
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Since you currently have Linspire, I think for now it'd be best to work with it. I've never used Linspire; so, I don't really know. Feel free to try my suggestions in post 5. With Debian, all the basic software, like printconf, cups, cupsys, dasher, etc, is available for free. I don't know if that's the case with Linspire or not (ie, whether the "click and run" service costs money or not.)

Another program that might be helpful for setting up your printer, which is in Linspire's CNR utility, is pup. Dasher is also in the CNR, as is CUPS, etc.

Good luck.

PS, printconf is also in the CNR Warehouse.

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