printing to epson t20 from ubuntu

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With the risk of making this blog looks like a tech blog, I will show you how to print to Epson Stylus T20 from Ubuntu.

My Ubuntu is a fresh installation of version 10, so first I have to install PIPS. Pips can be downloaded from Epson website, but what is PIPS? On their own words, Photo Image Print System for Linux (hereafter "PIPS") is a printer driver (filter) for high quality printing from Linux using a Seiko Epson color inkjet printer. On mine, PIPS is something you install to avoid 'pips-wrapper' error during installation and 'scheduler could not execute a filter' error later when you try to operate the Epson printer.

However, currently Epson does not list Ubuntu. They only list Fedora 9, Mandriva 2008.1, and openSUSE 10.3.

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Who needs all languages in the world when my operating system is not listed?

I settled for Fedora 9. Extracting the downloaded file to a folder on my Desktop, I open the terminal and login as root. I installed the .install file using './' command. That's it for PIPS. But the job is not over yet.

Go to System > Adm (Administrative? Sorry can't remember) > Printing > Add. Choose the type of the printer, Epson T20, forward, forward, finish. This time you're really done for. :D