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Old 04-25-2007, 08:45 AM   #1
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How to print from Kubuntu to Novell NDPS printer

Hi All

I have a laptop running Kubuntu, which I use at work. The office network is a Novell network using NDPS printers. Does anyone know what I need to do/install to print to the NDPDS printers.

Our network admin claims to be sympathetic, but Linus users are very low on his list of priorities.

I have seen information that indicates that NDPS printers can be configured to talk to IPP, LPD or iPrint clients, but the admin is reluctant to set that up until he is sure that students on the campus cannot find a way to print for free. The problem is that he doesn't have the time (motivation) to do the necessary testing, so he will probably never set up any of these options.

Any ideas, suggestions, pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Old 04-26-2007, 01:02 PM   #2
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It depends on the configuration of those printers, and of the Novell NDS/eDirectory structure.

For instance, if they have IP addresses that you can reach/ping, you could just add them directly to your Kubuntu laptop as regular network printers, completely bypassing the Novell part--IF they are accessible in this manner.

Keep in mind that, even if this DOES work you are bypassing the security/credential setup put in place by your IT staff and they may very well not care for it. Check with them first!!!

If the first idea is not an option, the printers may be set up using a newer release of NDPS called iPrint, in which case it's a great deal easier (for the most part) to correctly use the security features of the Novell network. There's even a linux version of the iPrint client:

I can't recommend anything past these two ideas at this point.

Hope this helps.


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