Re: What Linux?
- From: David <youcantoo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 21:01:39 -0700
rhys sage writes:
I'd like to use Linux since Windows 98 seems to be working very slowly
on my elderly PC. I blame a lot of that on the need to run separate
firewall and antivirus software.
Have you any suggestions which Linux to use?
I need to run a Canon i560 printer as a network printer - this PC will
be used as a printer server and possibly a file server too. It's other
use will be for web browsing, newsgroup reading/posting and mudding.
A brief Google search suggests that the Canon i560 is an oddball printer with nonexistent/poor/troublesome Linux support. This printer might require twiddling with non-free/proprietary/binary printer drivers that are downloaded from some quirky German web site.
The rest of your hardware, should not be a problem, it should be barely enough to support any modern Linux distro. But, since you apparently need this printer, you're probably out of luck. Some novice soul might encourage you to try to get it working, but you're likely to find it a painful, hair-pulling experience. See for yourself: run a Google search for "cannon i560 linux" and see if you like reading the results.
So, basically, you're out of luck.
Get a version of Linux that runs off a live cd and see how it acts with your equipment.
FWIW you can find the drivers for your printer and Linux here ftp://download.canon.jp/pub/driver/bj/linux/ (they cover i550, *i560*, i850,i860,i950, i990). You may also need the following bjfilterpixusXXXi-X.X-X.i386.rpm, bjfiltercups-X.X-X.i386.rpm, libtiff3g
The canon BJC 7000 or BJC 8000 drivers will work for the canon i560. I have also been told that Turboprint 1.89 handles the printer quite well.
The is quite a bit on this printer and Linux on the Ubuntu Forum here http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-10540.html
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