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Total Newb here, sorry. I am pseudo-IT at work and have set up a desktop with Debian 5 (accidentally overwrote Windows in the process, but there you go). We are ...
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    Installing Network Printer


    Total Newb here, sorry. I am pseudo-IT at work and have set up a desktop with Debian 5 (accidentally overwrote Windows in the process, but there you go). We are set up with network printers here (all Windows), and I was wondering how to go about being able to print to one of the network printers from my Linux desktop. Can I even connect to the Windows network with this desktop (it is hooked up)? Understand, I do NOT want to screw up anything on the network - they won't let me play anymore if I do. If I download the Linux driver, what do I do next?

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    If you wanna connect to a windofs network you're going to need samba
    Just search about it a little ...

    Most Linux distributions are using CUPs as printer management ...

    That would be the second software you will need to look at.

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    Thanks zombykillah. Actually, I just did the following (for other newbies reading this):

    1) downloaded the PPD file from openprinting.org (to my downloads folder)
    2) went to System>Administration>Printing and clicked New Printer
    3) chose my printer from the Select Connection box (then click "forward")
    4) clicked the second option (Provide PPD file) and browsed to the file I just downloaded in my downloads file (then click "forward")
    5) finish out the wizard

    I am now printing on a network printer from a Linux desktop. WAHOO!

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