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Old 10-27-2005, 12:02 PM   #1
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Finding/installing new print drivers for RH 8.0

My company has been using Red Hat 8.0 as a (Samba) file-and-print server for 3+ years, and it has provided us flawless service.

What I'm running into is, as I replace old printers with new ones, I'm not finding drivers for them in the printer setup wizard (just as you'd expect-- those printers/drivers didn't exist back when 8.0 was "current/supported").

I have no clue how to locate drivers that will be compatible with RH 8.0. I've searched RHN website, used Up2Date, etc., and searched on HP's website-- no luck.

Any suggestions? And would I be looking strictly for (third party) RPM's, or .TAR files? Right now I'm specifically trying to support HP Business Inkjet models 1100 and 1200.

Thanks in advance for your input.
Old 10-27-2005, 02:57 PM   #2
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The standard printing system for Linux and OS X is now CUPS, and I beleive that is was in RH 8. CUPS uses PostScript natively, so for any PostScript-compatible printer you simply need a PPD file.

The main Website for info is called Linux Printing. Also look out for the Gimp-print package, which provides additional drivers to supplement those supplied with CUPS.

Two other things:

- The RH config utility sets stuff up that the built-in CUPS Web frontend doesn't, so always create print queues through the RH utility.

- RH 8 is totally unsupported, and is too far behind the latest software to be upgraded. So you'll need to plan for replacing this system with a RHEL or CentOS installation. Which would give you a fresher driver set as well
Old 10-31-2005, 02:00 PM   #3
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ESP Print Pro

ESP Print Pro (from the creator of CUPS) is compatible with RedHat 8.0 and supports your HP Business Inkjet 1100 and 1200. Take a look at what you can do with this commercial version of CUPS:


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