Setting up my printer (23 June 2009)
As it happens, we have a new printer.
It’s an HP Deskjet F2280 all-in-one.
I highly recommend HP printers as they are very well supported in Linux.
So, unpacked it, followed the setup instructions and connected it.
There was a short pause while it looked like nothing was happening and then a message popped up telling me that the printer had been installed, set up and was ready for use. So I opened a document hit print and it printed.
Then, because I’m that way inclined, I wanted to have a nice looking GUI to configure the printer with. And there is one available for HP printers.
Go to System > Synaptic and search for hplip-gui. And install it.
Now, to stop it running automatically (I don’t do enough printing to warrant it appearing at startup):
Go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications and untick the HP System Tray Service.
Sorted, as they say.