Printing color business cards with Kubuntu, Officejet d145 and glabels

Beta-testing the “Flight 5” beta of “Dapper Drake” (gotta love the code names!) of Kubuntu (the KDE variant of Ubuntu) and I wanted to print some business cards using the awesome glabels program. My printer is an HP OfficeJet d145 using the optional HP jetDirect 200m network print server. While the distro does support and recognize the JetDirect standard, my particular printer model isn’t on the supplied (and extensive!) printer list. A quick Google points to the printer definition file at LinuxPrinting.org. Start the print dialogs with System. Administration, Printing off the menu, specify the JetDirect interface and IP address, and pick “Install” to specify the printer model. A couple more clicks and a test page prints successfully. Awesome! Hi-res color printing, support for the network interface, the duplexer and all. How hard can it be?

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