I've been running OS X for the past few years on a small home network and only yesterday added a laptop running Linux Mint 7 in the works. This is my first foray with Linux since using it many years ago with Yellow Dog Linux. Sadly, I've hit a bit of a snag in what has been, so far, a beautiful experience.
I have a router, a SMC Barricade, and attached to it is an old Mac G4, an Airport Base station, an Asante ethernet/localtalk bridge, and the Linux laptop. The Asante bridge connects the world of ethernet to the localtalk world of my trusty, even venerable, Apple Personal Laserwriter 320.
So, any Mac on the network has been able to access the Laserwriter 320, once Gutenprint was installed on them, that is. Even ones connecting by the Airport wifi method. There have been no problems.
I thought it would be a trivial matter for the Linux laptop to see it as well, as I thought similar technologies are at play. Apparently not.
The printer does not show up when searched for in the Printer configuration panel in Control Center. As this printer is not hooked directly to the laptop, but through a router, I reasoned it would be a network printer, and followed that option when it came to "select device".
Of the five network printer choices I don't think any of them really fit.
I do have the DHCP address of the bridge that the printer is attached to. Would I use that as the Host address? Doesn't work for IPP, HP Printer, AppSocket, or SMB, though. LPD/LPR at least lets me move forward with that information, all the way to printing a test page. But no page ever prints and I do get a popup error saying the printer may not be connected.
Would installing Gutenprint help?
I do have a ppd for the printer. Would I need to install Gutenprint in order for the laptop to see the printer, you think?