Installing Epson printer software manually
My old printer died, so I checked on what works in Linux, and found that Epson NX215 is claimed to work-Perfectly-- in Linux. I bought the NX215 and tried to install it through the Common Unix Printing System, which is the usual way of installing a printer, but the printer doesn't print at all. The PC and printer don't seem to be talking the same language. I called Epson and asked for help. Didn't get any solutions form them. So, I went looking for another solution. I found a driver for the NX215 on OpenPrinting | The Linux Foundation website.
It does give directions for installing the software, but is not complete for installing in Slackware. I have the both the RPM and DEB file in my Downloads folder, and understand that I should use the RPM package to install in Slackware. (package is epson-inkjet-printer-escpr-1.0.1-1lsb3.2.i486.rpm.part) I understand that I need to convert RPM to .tgz package format. Then just install the package. Do I need to do anything extra to make Slackware LSB3.2 compliant in order for the software to work?
After it's installed, will it appear in either "Printer Management Application" or Common Unix Printing System 1.3.11, or where?
My question is: Where, in what folder, do I install this package? Surely I don't install it from the downloads folder. I suspect it should be someplace in /usr, but I'm not sure. So, where do I install it? I'm running Slackware 13.0