Printing from your personal Ubuntu laptop or desktop is supported. If you are sitting at a supported UMIACS Ubuntu LTS desktop then please see our common UNIX/Linux printing documentation for CUPS. This documentation may not work for all versions of Ubuntu.
In order to print you will need to be on the UMIACS internal network, either via a wired proxy drop or an SSH tunnel.
Connecting to a printer
In order for printing to function properly, you must complete ALL of the following steps:
- Open the 'Printing' dialog box and click 'Add'. You may have to click "Advanced settings" and then clicking "Add" in the box that pops up.
- Expand the 'Network Printer' dropdown list, and select 'Find Network Printer'.
- In the host field type "print.umiacs.umd.edu" and click find.
- Select the print queue you wish to print to, click forward. If you are unsure which queue to use, see the selecting a print queue page.
- Name the printer. Take note of the model name listed in the Description. This will be used later! Then click 'Apply'
- In the printing dialog box, right click the newly added printer and select properties.
- In the 'Make and Model' line, click 'change'
- Ubuntu will now load a list of printers models (This will take a few moments). From that list, select the brand of the printer you are connecting to as noted in step 5.
- Select the specific model of the printer as noted in step 5. Then click forward.
- Leave the "try to copy the option settings over from the old PPD" option selected and click forward.
- Select any additional features available for the printer (i.e. duplexing), and then click forward.
- Verify this process by printing a test page. You should get the default Ubuntu test page. If you just get a page with a string of text then the printer is not properly configured, and you should verify the settings.