Setting up New install

Asked by Mike Hirons

I have one PC with Kubuntu installed which is sitting on a Network with 4 other Windows machines

I have a number of possibly minor issues

I want to set it up to use the printer that is plugged into a USB port on one of the other Windows machines on the network, but I am not certain which printer setting to use to try and find it in "Add a printer"
I have made an assumption that Windows Printer via Samba is the best option but it just sits there for ever and a day "Scanning" and finds nothing

I am not certain whether relevent but when I look at the network on the Home folder it finds the "Home" Network icon, buy can go no further and I am unable to see the other machines on the network.
I am assuming this issue may be related to the printer issues.

Also the screen resolution is really poor, I can only set 800x600 as the max resolution although the monitor can go much higher as was running around 1024x800 (Or something) when it was a windows PC

I love Linux and the whole ethos behind it, but I am still very new to it and need a few pointers to solve these few niggles

Also with Kubunu - How do I find things like Firefox, Thunderbird and Open Office which I have been using for many years now on XP and would love to coninue to use

Any help would be appreciated



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Chris (fabricator4) said :

Samba is the way to use Windows printer and folder shares. In it's simplest form you just have to install Samba and give it the name of your Windows workgroup. (Obviously). There's a Samba primer here:

Firefox and Thunderbird are standard in Ubuntu 11.10, but they should be installable in Kubuntu. The blurb on the Kubuntu website states that it already has Open Office installed.

There's a primer on installing software in Kubuntu on the Kubuntu site here:


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