Ubuntu it provides us with many things in our system as well as tasks in which, otherwise, we would need to have an engineering and with them you can perform them up to a 15-year-old boy. However there are times, if you can, when you need to know how things work Ubuntu. Today we are going to talk to you about the Cups server and of its operation in Ubuntu.
Cups is a print server, its name comes from Common Unix Printer System o Unix Common Printing System. It is in short the program or subsystem in charge of controlling our printers by the computer as well as transmitting the commands and documents so that the printers work as we want.
Installing and Configuring a Printer
Talking about this system, its configuration and installation is impossible to explain in a post, so I will just talk to you about how to set up and install a printer using this system.
The installation of Cups in Ubuntu it is unnecessary since comes installed by default. If we have problems with printer settings or want to operate directly with this service, all we have to do is open a blank page in our browser and type
http: // localhost: 631
This will open a screen like this
This is the home page of cups and from here we can configure and manage everything related to printing, not only with our printer but with printing, because it will be possible to manage printers that are on the network in which this our system.
We are going to install a printer, so we are going to “Add a printer“, We will see a screen asking for a username and password. You scare us, it is the user of your system and their password.
After that, it will ask us what type of connection the printer has or will have, whether it is networked or not. by the way HPLIP is usb connection, The above two are older than usb connection systems. In the example we have chosen HPLIP.
We click next and you will be asked for the physical address with examples of how the address should be. Once entered, click next and this screen appears.
we fill it and next
We will see this screen to enter the “drivers“From the printer. It is best to choose from the list as they are the supported drivers and you can easily find the system but we can always choose the option below and tell the system where the driver is. After pressing next, we have the printer settings that we can modify at will as the printer is installed and it only asks us for the settings that the printer has by default but which are not removable.
And with that we will have the printer installed. If you noticed during the installation, you will have seen times when several tabs appeared, especially on the home screen. These are tabs related to the configuration and administration of printers, but this is very long and in my experience, getting a printer installed properly on the system, including a network printer, is the subject of most related problems. with GNU / Linux and printers. I’ll talk about the other tabs later.
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