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Re: Print to Windows XP with Fedora Core 3 -- Use the Printer

On Wed, 2005-04-13 at 09:49 -0500, Aaron Kenney wrote:
> There is probably something incredibly obvious that I am not seeing in 
> KDE, but what I am trying to do is get Fedora set up to print to my 
> printer which is connected to my Windows XP computer. Currently I have 
> the printer shared out in Windows, but when I use the LAN and printer 
> browsers in KDE, I cannot see the share on the Fedora computer. I've 
> been reading somewhat on Samba and CUPS, but it's gotten very 
> discouraging. Most of the webs sites each outline a different process. 

Right, they are outlining someone sharing out a printer from Linux, not
from Windows.  Setting up services is always involved in UNIX/Linux
because of security.

But luckily going the opposite way is easy, because Windows doesn't
offer much security on print queues by default.  So it should be easy to
setup a printer, especially since Red Hat has a GUI tool!

> Nothing just flat-out gives the 1-2-3 of it all. Unfortunately, a lot of 
> directions also seem to be given for Debian and not Fedora. I'm looking 
> for information going from the Fedora defaults (in KDE) forward.

Menu -> System Settings -> Printing
Enter Root Password
And the Wizard will guide you.

The Printer Type will be "SMB" and you might need a username/password.
It sometimes gets weird with XP.

> Samba seems to be working. I can see all of the other file shares and 
> that sort of thing just fine. I had to do some data entry here and there 
> to get samba and lisa to show me the file shares in the KDE LAN browser. 
> I don't mind using a console, but do mind instructions that assume a 
> working knowledge of Linux and all it has to offer. I skipped on Debian 
> so that I wouldn't have to learn Linux from the absolute ground floor 
> up, but it looks like I'm going to get trapped into devoting a lot more 
> personal time to this than I wanted to.

There is a GUI Wizard in RHL/FC/RHEL, that's why there's not much help,
because it's already _cake_.  ;->

Here is the relevant section in the RHEL4 Manual (applicable to Fedora
Core 2, 3 and 4):  

Or RHEL3 Manual (applicable to Red Hat Linux 8, 9 and Fedora Core 1):  

> Unfortunately, I lost the fascination with exploring new computer worlds
> years ago. Somewhere along the line, I devoted my life to hardware and
> producing computers  that are built for the sole purpose of raw speed.
> Must be a male ego thing.

Actually, most PCs are rather pathetic and major bottlenecks in design.

Bryan J. Smith                                  b.j.smith@ieee.org 
Community software is all about choice, choice of technology.
Unfortunately, too many Linux advocates port over the so-called
"choice" from the commercial software world, brand name marketing.
The result is false assumptions, failure to focus on the real
technical similarities, but loyalty to blind vendor alignments.

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