Hi all and I hope this is not too long-winded.
Attention Aussie (you sounded like a very confident Linux expert-user) and all determined users.
I am the determined migrant to Linux, day 23 (400+ hours working on Linux) and going strong...
Linux migration chronology.
1. Installed ELX pre-GOLD 1.0 - too new to appreciate anything.
2. Installed SuSE 8.0 live-evaluation - didn't feel I was getting enough.
3. Downloaded all of SuSE 8.0 packages (SuSE 8.0 ISO not available for downloading yet) but failed to installed from HDD as the moment to install came, YaST 2 couldn't mount my FAT32 partition where the packages were stored. Tried 4 times.
4. Mandrake 8.2 - still didn't feel right after learning quite a bit from configuring different hardware and plugins. Printing was enabled by the setup of Mandrake though, but not good enough.
A few re-installations of this one as well.
5. Redhat 7.3. Excellent but couldn't print. Mucked around for a while. Re-installed twice and something wiped out one of my Windows XP NTFS partition. Had backup and put everything else back in place again.
6. Slackware 8.1 - sounded more for me (I can't explain). Hit at it for the longest since, and learning more each day while banging at things the hard way.
Thanks for being patient so far.
Now the printing problem (haven't got my scanner to work yet).
1. Slackware 8.1 came with Ghostscript 7.05 and Gimp-print 4.2.0.
2. The whole setup did not ask me to install the printer, through the compilation stages of the kernel (that was the longest process since I met Linux). Did that 3 times though. Those were good. I like the lessons there.
2. Managed to put everything in place after failing to "startx" the first time due to my Nvidia video card needing a driver for Linux. Done that on a new installation of 8.1 on another partition. OK.
3. Conifgured X-window and a few other things and played around with KDE 3.0.1. (Not without many hiccups though.)
4. PRINTING!!! No setup acces from the GUI. Studied ways to do it from terminal-mode.
5. My printer, Canon S400Sp (parallel port). Apsfilter couldn't allow me to select the STP driver for Canon S400. None of the STP drivers was selectable, for that matter.
6. Tried some other Canon drivers (trial and error) and got a couple of them to print. Apsfilter "print test-page" worked fine.
7. Tried to print something from Kwrite and Kword. Error: "Connection refused...make sure the remote host supports the lpd protocol...cannot open connection to 'localhost'.."
8. Found the Printing Cookbook and followed the diagnostic instructions there and got "checkpc -f" and "lpd", etc to enable printing, but the printout was not true to page, etc.
9. Downloaded Ghostscript 7.05 again and Gimp-printing 4.3.3 (new). Installed them both.
10. This time, I was able to select STP drivers from apsfilter SETUP. Took the opportunity to install a few STP drivers, Canon S400, BJC3000 & BJC6000 plus a couple of non-STP drivers.
11. No print test-page allowed from apsfilter this time, citing that /tmp/apsfilter1282/test_page.aps not found.
12. I was also able to use GUI printer setup from within Kcontrol Centre.
13. Went on to print as per s/no 7 above. Same error message.
14. Did as per s/n 8 above but nothing happened apparently. The prints were issued and the task bar flickered. Then it seemed like the print jobs just went into twilight zone or something...No error messages nor any complaint?!?
I have spent many hours searching the web for problems relating to LPD, LPR, etc and ghostscripts, gimp-print, STP, etc, etc.
Perhaps I haven't found the right places.
CAN YOU GUYS HELP?
Thanks in advance.