[kde-linux] system-config-printer

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Mon Mar 2 12:20:59 UTC 2009

david wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
>> On Saturday 28 February 2009 20:28:20 david wrote:
>>>> At that time a lot of people complained that they could print from
>>>> everything except OO.  It didn't user either kprinter or CUPS, of course.
>>>>  You had to 'install' the printer (and additional fonts) by using a
>>>> dotfile from somewhere.  I can't remember the details.  It reminded me of
>>>> the DOS days, when every app had to have its printer install done.
>>> Hmm, I might once have had to do that long ago - like 6-7 years ago, but
>>> that was several distros ago and haven't had to do that for either the
>>> laser or the photo printer.
>> I don't think it's anything like as long ago as that, but then time does get 
>> distorted.  By the look of it, though, you are quite right.  It has changed a 
>> lot.  I just pulled up a document and asked it to print, and it did find my 
>> printer straight away.  That's a really big improvement.
> I think the printing distinction between OO and CUPS/Linux went away 
> with OO 1.x sometime. Or even with when OpenOffice came out of earlier 
> versions of StarOffice. StarOffice was the one that wanted to provide 
> its users with a platform-neutral desktop experience, so it tried its 
> best to replace your usual desktop ...
I am starting to wonder: does anyone here actually use OO?  If not, what 
do you use for a wordprocessor? :-)  Actually, I prefer WordPerfect, but 
the UNIX version for X (8.1) has issues with the current GLibc and it 
won't print (yes, it won't print :-( and that was why I had to use LPR). 
  OO has a usable wordprocessor that generates nice output, but as far 
as ease of use, it is no WordPerfect.

IAC, OO does not actually communicate with your printer, it simply 
communicates with your print spooler like other applications do.  Since 
it is not a member of a DeskTop, it has its own print dialog.

What it has is a print dialog that is able to use the features of the 
printer.  Something that KDE (3|4) can not do.  To do this, all it needs 
is a PPD file for the printer.  E.G. My old dot matrix line printer 
prints at three different resolutions and I can select this in the OO 
print dialog:


With CUPS, I have to open the HTML page in Konqueror to set this.


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