If you still cling to a printer which you should have given up ten years ago, the OpenPrinting project may have some good news.
Users will now be able to run printers that are not supported by modern versions of Windows by running the Linux Emulator Windows Subsystem for Linux in conjunction with the project’s Open Printing software.
In keeping with the die-hard fan base, Linux supports a variety of legacy hardware that have long since ceased to support Windows, such as the Linux-based CUPS open-source printing system, which Apple abandoned in 2020.
How can I use this?
In a presentation originally reported by Register (opens in a new tab)Till Kamppeter, a longtime Linux developer, a current manager of OpenPrinting, and a Canonical contractor, explained how the process works.
First, you need to check that you have Windows 11 and the current version of WSL installed.
You will also need to check if your printer is actually not working in Windows.
You can do this by going to “Settings” > “Bluetooth & devices” > “Printers & scanners” – if it works, you don’t need to continue.
Once done you will need to install Ubuntu Apps from Windows Store followed by USB bridge installation if needed and then Install “avahi-daemon” and Printer App in Ubuntu under WSL.
If you still have doubts about how the process works, you can go here for more clear information from OpenPrinting’s User manual (opens in a new tab).
The last few years have been very good for fans of Linux emulators.
The performance of Ubuntu Linux, one of the most popular Linus distributions, running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 in the upcoming Windows 11, is nearly identical to the performance of a bare-metal distro, according to the report. a new page benchmark project (opens in a new tab) compiled by technology website Phoronix.
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