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Setting up a printer with CUPS

Printing with Linux has never been easier with CUPS. I had bad experience long ago with lpr and lprng before when printer support was still scarce. Nowadays, setting up a printer on Linux is like a 'walk in the park'. Thanks to CUPS.

HP LaserJet 1020
In my office, my pc is the only pc running Linux (FC6 to be specific) and the others are (you bet!) Windows (XP Pro Edition to be specific). My colleague sitting nearest to me is a webmaster. Her pc is connected to an HP LaserJet 1020 printer and shared with name HP1020.

Get ready the required packages
I need to print to that printer. So I decided to install SAMBA and CUPS packages for that purpose.

Finding the driver
DON'T use the driver for this printer packaged with FC6. It won't work. I tried it but I think you must try it too to prove me wrong. Of course YMMV. The driver is here. Before that, you have to read what the author's have to say on the website. It's important!. Follow the instructions on how to compile and…

Setting up webcam on Linux (ZC0301)

It was a rare occasion if I got my hand on a web camera. This time I borrowed it from my colleague. Last time I couldn't get it to work. I didn't remember why. But this time, it was easy as ABC.

Spec:
Model : Z-Star Microelectronics Corp. Havit 3808 (this is what it says on the tin)
Chipset : ZC0301 (from lsusb)

Last time I looked at http://zc0302.sourceforge.net/ for the driver. It has been inactive for a long time. Still so far, the driver for ZC0301 is still not supported.

This time: I looked at spcaxx project page at http://mxhaard.free.fr/spca5xx.html. The webcam I was using supported. As stated on the website, for Fedora Core 6 users like me can download the driver here. The driver is actually a kernel module and after installing it, you can load the module with modprobe : modprobe gspca

When done, open your kopete, and click Settings --> Configure.. --> Device and see whether it detects and display video from the webcam. Then you can enjoy webcam session with your frien…