I have just installed Red Hat 7.3, replacing Mandrake 8.2 (whose KDE3
upgrade wasn't quite working right). I reformatted / and /boot while
leaving /home intact,. In many respects 7.3 works very well. It looks
good and works in most respects. But I can't get it to print.
I don't hook the printer to my machine directly; this is my home system, and
there's a Win98 box in the same room, connected via Ethernet. I use smb to
print to the Epson via that machine; in Windows, it's a no-brainer, and
Network Neighborhood "just works". When I installed Mandrake (8.1 and 8.2
both), I was impressed by how well it handled that arrangement. But when I
installed Red Hat 7.3, anaconda never even asked me about printers. It
just installed a zillion packages (custom selected) and finished.
I note that during one attempt to install, anaconda hung trying to read
lprng-3.8.9 (or whatever) off of the install CD (which I had burned from an
iso download). And since anaconda locks the drive (a MAJOR problem), I had
to red-button restart and select all packages again, reformat, etc. And of
course I unselected lprng. I don't know if that's the problem; is it
needed for smb printing? Kpackage sees it on the cd and lists its files,
but doesn't seem to offer the "install" button.
Any clues are much appreciated! Thanks.