TLWIR 49: RELIABLY Printing From GNU/Linux to a Windows 7 Printer

Posted by acrossad on Nov 23, 2012 12:34 PM EDT; By Rex Djere
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I try to use GNU/Linux solutions whenever I can. However, one exception to this rule is the printing process in my home. I have one printer, and it is connected to my Windows 7 machine. As GNU/Linux becomes more popular in homes and businesses, it is becoming more common to see mixed GNU/Linux-Windows environments. Printing from GNU/Linux to Windows 7 using Samba did NOT work for me reliably, but I have found a method that works 100% of the time. In The Linux Week in Review 49, I’ll explain how to set up a 100% dependable GNU/Linux-to-Windows 7 printing network. The video at the end of TLWIR 49 demonstrating the entire setup process from beginning to end.

There are three basic steps to setting up GNU/Linux-to-Windows 7 printing:

1. Make your Windows 7 computer a fixed target instead of a moving one. 2. Set up your Windows 7 machine for printing. 3. Set up your GNU/Linux machine for printing.

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