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Canon iP1500 Ubuntu Driver

27th January 2010

The iP1500 is a cheap, reliable little printer, but Canon didn't bother with Linux drivers until recently. They now publish a driver for this printer, but it is a bit old and compatible with RHEL 3 and Suse 9.1, so in rpm format. Even after converting the packages with alien, there is still some fiddling required, so I've made a gzipped archive of the three Canon packages. You can get it here. Just extract it to a new folder and run the setup script: on the command line, cd to the folder and type


You will be asked for your password, as the script requires sudo. Then plug in your printer. You may then need to add it manually via the printer configuration tool.