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Cloud Printing on Non-Supported Linux PCs

Printing to Cloud queues from Linux desktop or laptops via either the wired network or the secured eduroam wireless network.

This guide assumes that you have root privileges and that CUPS is installed on your local workstation. Tested on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, other Linux distributions may behave differently.

Check your local login name

Local login name must match your University Username (UUN)

To be able to release your print jobs at a Cloud enabled printer using your UoE staff card, you must submit jobs with the job ownership set to your UUN (University UserName), otherwise you will be unable to release the print job.

If your logged on user name does NOT match UUN then either:

1) change the logged on user name to match your UUN

http://askubuntu.com/questions/34074/how-do-i-change-my-usernameor 

2) Modify your bash profile to set your printer username to your UUN

Add

export CUPS_USER='yourUUN' 

to ~/.profile for bash

Logout and back in to make this available to all programs.

Install the print driver

Add the Cloud-Colour queue

Configure the Cloud-Colour queue with the correct settings

  • lpadmin -p Cloud-Colour -o printer-is-shared=false -o auth-info-required=none -o duplex=DuplexNoTumble -o PageSize=A4 -o JCLBanner=False -o Option4=None -o Option8=False

Enable the Cloud-Colour queue

  • lpadmin -p Cloud-Colour -E

Add the Cloud-Mono queue

Configure the Cloud-Mono queue with the correct settings

  • lpadmin -p Cloud-Mono -o printer-is-shared=false -o auth-info-required=none -o duplex=DuplexNoTumble -o PageSize=A4 -o JCLBanner=False -o Option4=None -o Option8=False -o JCLColorCorrection=BlackWhite -o JCLTrueGrayGraphics=True -o JCLPrintQuality=Standard -o MediaType=Standard

Enable the print queue

  • lpadmin -p Cloud-Mono -E

Release print jobs

Print jobs are released from the Cloud printers in the same way for everyone. Remember that if you have not used Cloud printing previously, you will need to register your blue student/staff card the first time you swipe it at a Cloud printer. See 'Releasing a print job' on Cloud Printing for details.