[Printing-architecture] Ubuntu Natty the first distribution which does automatic download of binary printer driver packages
till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 16:13:56 PST 2011
Ubuntu Natty (11.04, to be released end of April) will be the first
Linux distribution which automatically downloads binary printer driver
packages from manufacturers via OpenPrinting.
The still missing support for signed packages got added to the
third-party hardware driver manager Jockey today. See also
This means that on Ubuntu Natty (and newer) printers supported by the
manufacturer-supplied driver packages available via OpenPrinting will
work out-of-the-box by just plugging them in or setting them up with
So do not hesitate to add or update driver packages to support your
newest models to have always Plug'n'Print.
For testing, download Ubuntu Natty (a daily CD or an Alpha version) and
plug in one of the supported Epson printers or run the command lines
system-config-printer --setup-printer='file:/tmp/printout' \
if you do not have any suitable printer near you (they emulate the case
that system-config-printer has detected an Epson ME 320).
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