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I use Ubuntu 12.04 on my desktop, with MATE desktop environment.

The key, for the printer drivers/PPDs, is finding the ones that have the most options. When my Epson printer still worked properly, I had 3 printer-driver version of that printer setup. Each had a different combination of print options, with none having all the options I wanted to use. I have 2 installed for the HP2300dn dulpex laser printer. I now have one working for the HP Officejet 7000 wide format printer [finally]. I also use CUPS-PDF as my default "printer".

For FAX, I prefer to use the "stand-alone" FAX options instead of through the computer to printer option. The only reason I keep my Epson Artisan 810 around, after I got the "ink pad end of life warning" is for its FAX machine functions. I do about 1 FAX per month, as an average. Since my only computer that has a FAX/modem phone cable plug-in is a half dead HP laptop with XP on it, I really need to have the outgoing standalone FAX option kept ready to use. All I need to do it plug the phone line in and turn it on.

On 06/08/2013 12:20 PM, Mieszko Kaczmarczyk wrote:
W dniu 07.06.2013 16:35, Kracked_P_P---webmaster pisze:
I wonder if you can install the drivers without having the printers installed so you can test the drivers for their options within LO.

The same "hpcups" driver would not give me tray options when printing an email using Thunderbird, as it did with LO. SO, it is important to test the drivers with the packages you will be needing.

For TEST exists functions: (be carrefull, made copy of old PPD file)

I don't know what is your distro and which version of CUPS do you use. Based on my Debian - from about CUPS version 1.2 is possible for test install ANY printer driver. Download your-desired-model PPD from OpenPrinting and replace the file by hand in folder /etc/cups/ppd/old-file.ppd as overwriting. Restart CUPS+LO (or reboot your computer) and you can test printer functions. Of course the real printout on the paper can be not possible.

As for the big, copy/printer/collate/stapling machine, They have it on the office downstairs. IT is also a FAX machine. These are the type of all-in-one machines that many offices choose and we really need to make sure that LO, with the OS's drivers, can access all of the needed functions included withing that office printing device.

For FAX function from printer connected via USB in the past I used Kfax from KDE3. Has anyone experience with any new/modern multi-function device-printer connected via IP address? I have got 2pcs devices but none can be connected to telephone line.


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