Easy printing in Ubuntu from Windows
I need to do a bit more flag waving for Ubuntu Linux. I have said it before, and I will say it again:
Ditch Microsoft Windows.
Download Ubuntu for free, don’t pay the Microsoft tax.
Anyway, my most recent wonderfulism was when I was sharing printers. A few years ago I was using Fedora Linux on a machine upstairs. Vicky was using Windows XP downstairs and wanted to use the printer that was connected upstairs.
Frankly this was always a pain in the arse.
It didn’t “Just Work” ™. Windows hated the printer. I had to edit config files by hand on the Linux machine.
I was dreading setting the printer sharing backup – but I needn’t have worried. About a dozen clicks later, on both Linux and Windows and lo’ it was all working.
If you want to share your printer with Windows, do this:
I should say by the way that I’m not sure whether this is because Ubuntu is ace, or just because Linux has moved on somewhat in recent years. I suspect the latter, it would certainly be unwise to draw conclusions about Fedora based on this as it would not be a fair test!