Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson Tony Pearson is a Master Inventor and Senior IT Specialist for the IBM System Storage product line at the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Tucson Arizona, and featured contributor to IBM's developerWorks. In 2011, Tony celebrated his 25th year anniversary with IBM Storage on the same day as the IBM's Centennial. He is author of the Inside System Storage series of books. This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to storage and storage networking hardware, software and services. You can also follow him on Twitter @az990tony.
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Tony,<div>&nbsp;</div> This is a great HowTo as many people have asked about printing from the XO. Still, its a bit technical, especially for those not used to hacking UNIX.<div>&nbsp;</div> I've challenged the OLPC News Forum to come up with an easier solution: http://olpcnews.com/forum/index.php?topic=894<div>&nbsp;</div> And here's to hoping the next version of Sugar comes with printing capacity.<div>&nbsp;</div>

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Addition:I have discovered that CUPS includes LPR commands. As a test, I did:<div>&nbsp;</div> ls /home/olpc &gt; out.txtlpr.cups out.txt<div>&nbsp;</div> The file out.txt printed successfully in a reasonable sized font.<div>&nbsp;</div> If now I can combine this with Copy-from-journal and Copy-to-Journal Python scripts, I might have something.

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This is great for a power user but way beyond the abilities of a 1st grader who can't read. Like Wifi, printing has to "just work". <div>&nbsp;</div> I'm not convinced that the journal is the best place to print. It works fine for things that CUPS knows how to print like PDF, PS, and txt. Anything else requires the activity that created it. <div>&nbsp;</div> your choices are <div>&nbsp;</div> 1) print from the activity2) new api allowing activity to register printing ability with the journal. Print button is in the journal but its passing the work off to the activity.<div>&nbsp;</div> Its unreasonable to expect CUPS, the journal, or any other single piece of software to know how to translate everything into a printable format.

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Hello, is there an easy way to print a website page that I am viewing on my XO. All the CUPS and programming talk is way above me. Thanks

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Ian,Sorry this is difficult for many Linux novices. It was not on the high priority list for the OLPC development team.<div>&nbsp;</div> The alternative to CUPS is to copy data over to a USB key or SD memory card, and take it to another computer. See this wiki page for assistance:<div>&nbsp;</div> http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Printer_Support<div>&nbsp;</div> The OLPC team is still under discussion on how best to support printing directly from the XO laptop. There might be upgrades later this year where much of the tough work is handled for you.<div>&nbsp;</div> I have successfully printed Firefox webpages using the approach above, but not from Opera, and not from the standard BROWSE activity built-in to the XO laptop. There might be an option to save/convert webpage to PDF, and then print the PDF, or copy the PDF to print on another machine, but have not investigated any yet.<div>&nbsp;</div> Lastly, you can use Alt-1 (hold ALT key down, and then press the number "1" key) to do a screen capture. This will create a PNG image file of the webpage, but only of the portion currently viewable in whatever browser you are using.

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