Richard, to the Linux section of BC Forums!
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It so happens that I'm still having some issues with Linux printing, however I believe it's my choice of printer more than anything. Mine's a Kodak 3250 AIO from 2009 (close to the circa of yours), and while it will print on Linux Mint 17.1, twice as much B&W ink is used as opposed to when on Windows 7. So far, the only workaround I've found was to save docs, receipts, etc to my Documents, then copy to a memory card & plug into the printer's slot for that type of card & print from the LCD screen. Wished I had known that 3 years before I did, as they say, better late than never.
That wasn't the permanent solution I was looking for, but it got me over the hump, will have to choose a more Linux friendly printer the next time around.
My luck with Linux printing was better on a 32 bit OS, there were some really good 32 bit Linux drivers created for Kodak printers. However, on my current hardware, am not going that far back just to have printing capabilities, and the devs dropped Kodak development as soon as the corporation went under. Will keep on doing things the way I have been & next time around shop for a more Linux compatible printer, of which there's quite a few. There once was a current list of compatible ones, the best picks available at time of writing, but can't seem to find that page at the moment.
Congrats on your daughters recent graduation!
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