Originally posted by DavidPhillips
Since you already have it shared on your windows box the easiest thing would be to install the network printer in linux. This is done with the samba client. [/B]
...or, if you're using the CUPS printing daemon (most distros do) then you can use its web-based interface to set up the printer. Just open your web browser and connect to
From there, choose "Administrative Tasks", log in as root and follow the instructions to set the printer up as a Samba (SMB) printer. When it asks you for a url, you'll enter something like:
Or, if your XP box requires authentication:
Note that if you do this your password will be stored in /etc/cups/printers.conf (this file may be located elsewhere depending on your distribution). It should only be readable by the administrator and the cups daemon, but be aware of it nonetheless.
Also, even if you're not running CUPS, lots of distros include a oll to help you configure printers. Idunno which dist you use, but for example RedHat/Fedora have redhat-config-printer (in FC2 it's called system-config-printer) and Mandrake has (iirc) printerdrake.