12.1 Installing a Printer

Before you can install a printer, you need to have the root password and your printer information ready. Depending on how you connect to the printer, you might need the printer URI, TCP/IP address or host, and the driver for the printer. A number of common printer drivers ship with SLED. If you cannot find a driver for the printer, check the printer manufacturer’s Web site.

To set up a printer in KDE, start the Printing Manager from the main menu (Tools > Printing > Printing Manager). Alternatively, press Alt+F2 and enter kcontrol. In the left-hand navigation bar of the KDE Control Center, click Peripherals > Printers.

Figure 12-1 Printing Manager

You can set up a printer as root with the help of a wizard, as described in the following. If you are not sure which option to choose and which information to enter, ask your system administrator.

For detailed information about how to access and configure a Windows network printer, refer to Section 9.5, Configuring and Accessing a Windows Network Printer.

  1. Click Administrator Mode and enter the root password.

  2. Click Add and select Add Printer/Class. The Add Printer Wizard opens.

  3. Click Next.

  4. Select the type of connection for this printer. The following options are available:

    • Local printer (parallel, serial, USB): A printer that is attached to your workstation through a parallel, serial, or USB connection.

    • Remote LPD queue: A printer attached to a different UNIX or Linux system that can be accessed over a TCP/IP network (for example, a printer attached to another Linux system on your network).

    • SMB shared printer (Windows): A printer attached to a different system that is sharing the printer over a SMB network (for example, a printer attached to a Microsoft Windows machine).

    • Network Printer (TCP): A printer connected to the network using the TCP protocol.

    • Remote CUPS server (IPP/HTTP): A printer attached to a different Linux system on the same network running CUPS or a printer configured on another operating system using IPP.

    • Network printer w/IPP (IPP/HTTP) : A printer connected to the network using the IPP/HTTP protocol.

    • Other printer type: If your printer does not fit one of the classes above, choose this option.

    • Class of printers: To find printers by a specific class, choose this option.

  5. Click Next and enter the information required for your choice. In the last wizard dialog, click Finish. The wizard closes.

  6. Click OK to close the Printing Manager dialog.

When printing from an application in KDE, you can now select the printer in the KPrinter dialog and start a print job. For more information about sending and monitoring print jobs in KDE, refer to Section 12.4, Starting Print Jobs in KDE.