Monthly Archives: June 2012

Samsung Printer Journey

I bought a nice and small Samsung ML 1675 Laserprinter not long ago. It is supposed to work with the Samsung Unified Linux Driver. So I googled and went to the Samsung Website and downloaded the driver and installed it. That did not bring the printer to life. The cups interface did not even see the printer anymore. I left things as they were, as it was late. The next morning my dist-upgrade was blocked by strange errors that proved to be from the Samsung mfp-driver. Removing the lot fixed the problems. So, do not install the drivers from the Samsung website, they do not work.

So I dug a bit deeper in Google and found The Samsung Unified Linux Driver Repository.

Here are the steps to get any printer / multidevice, that needs to use this driver, working in no time at all:

open a shell and become root:

su [ENTER]

root@siductionbox: cd /etc/apt/sources.list.d [ENTER]

root@siductionbox:/etc/apt/sources.list.d# touch Samsung_Printer.list && echo deb debian extra > Samsung_Printer.list && wget -O – | apt-key add – ; apt-get update [ENTER]

This will set up the needed repository and install the gpg-key for it. Now you want to install the drivers:

apt-get install samsungmfp-data samsungmfp-configurator-qt4 samsungmfp-configurator-data samsungmfp-driver samsungmfp-driver-4.00.39 printer-driver-splix

That will install the needed drivers for just the printer. If that is all you need, turn on your printer and enjoy.
If the printer was not previously installed, you can do this now under http://localhost:631. Choose the driver for Samsung ML 1670, when prompted.
If you have a multi-device that can also scan, you need some more software. As with siduction, the user is already a member of group ‘lp’. there is no need for action here. Should you use a different distribution, check this by issuing, as user:

devil@siductionbox:~$ groups [ENTER]

devil lp dialout cdrom floppy audio dip video plugdev users fuse scanner netdev

If lp is present, you just need to install some extra packages on top of the above:

apt-get install samsungmfp-scanner samsungmfp-scanner-sane-fix samsungmfp-scanner-sane-fix-multiarch

NOTE: before installing the latter 2 packages, read the output of apt-cache show <packaganame> to see if they apply to you.

New Debian Mirror Redirector

If you look into the sources.list of our latest release, you will find a new scheme in your debian list. It looks like unstable main. This is the scheme of a new  Debian Mirror Redirector that has quite a few advantages and works fine so far. It does not only try to choose the fastest mirror for you, it also helps with load balancing and allows parallel downloads. Besides that it is ready for the upcoming IPv6.

If you have an older release installed, do not hesitate to switch your debian.list to the new scheme. If you watch apt-get update after the change for a few runs,, you should see different mirrors being used.

2012.1.1 Desperado Reloaded released

Late last night  we released Desperado Reloaded, just a week ahead of the freeze for Debian 7. The Release Note has all the details. Downloads are available from our mirrors or as Torrent.

As for the near future: We will use the time to break some toys to rebuild them.

  • The way the art packages are built and integrated needs a complete overhaul. It’s too complicated and error-prone.
  • Instead of building releases from the Debian mirrors directly, we will establish a repository mirror to give us some more resilience at release time.
  • Besides that we will look into Jenkins for automated package/iso-building and regression testing to further streamline our infrastructure.

Desperado Reloaded

We had a (belated) core team meeting last night. We mainly had 2 topics:

  • a fix-release for 2012.1 Desperado
  • the permanent absence of 2 core team members

The fix-release will happen on the evening of Sun, 2012-06-24 (if sid lets us). This fix release will bring KDE SC 4.8.4-x in the same complete set as it will go into Wheezy. With the freeze for the release of Wheezy starting on 2012-06-30, we want to use the time to upgrade to this packageset, as the one on 2012.1 Desperado was a very basic one. Besides that our  KDE SC image will default to Sqlite for use with akonadi instead of requiring mysql. Minor fixes to LXDE and XFCE complete the fix-release named 2012.1.1 Desperado Reloaded.

The 2nd major topic was to vote on what to do on behalf of 2 Core Team members, who have been absent for a while. The 2 member are vibora and edhunter. It was decided in a vote that both are removed from the core team. The team needs active members who take part at least in meetings and votes. Mute voices block the team because they reduce the number of members, also quorum is a problem. We will work on a policy to deal with that. Our thanks go to vibora and edhunter for the work they have done with siduction and its predecessors. We will fill the 2 empty places on the team soon. There is some candidates already, but more on that when we vote someone in.

Another topic was to set a code freeze 24 hours before a release. Find the log of the meeting, as always, on Chili.