Printing to Ubuntu 10.10 shared printer from Windows 7.

First problem I ran into with my new Ubuntu 10.10 home server was trying to print to the printer attached to it from my windows 7.

The solution was to modify the smb.conf file.

1) Launch terminal
2) enter: gksudo gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf
3) Go to the “printing” section and add:
load printers = yes
printing = cups
printcap name = cups
and add
use client driver = Yes

it should look like this:

4) restart samba with :
sudo service smbd restart

Windows home server out, Ubuntu in.

With the unfortunate news about windows home server and the discontinued use of drive extender, I went ahead and replaced my home file server with ubunbu 10.10.

It has not been easy with several issues along the way. I will try to document problems and solutions for others who might be thinking of making the change. Hopefully its useful for non linux users to hear the experience from another non linux user.