[clug] Canon i965 under Linux (Was: G'day from a newbie)

Paul TBBle Hampson Paul.Hampson at Pobox.com
Tue Dec 19 21:58:32 GMT 2006

On Tue, Dec 19, 2006 at 11:44:30AM +1100, Pilcher, Fred wrote:
> My lovely Canon photo printer (i965) has, as yet, no Linux drivers
> available so Windows will have a place under my desk until I either
> replace the printer or drivers become available.

Well, the good news is that Canon give more Linux support than most
people give them credit, but only on their Japanese website.

A mailing list post at [1] claims to have an i965 working using the
PIXUS i950 drivers from [2], but for me just now [2] appears to be
down. (And of course Canon have a long and glorious history of
renaming products for the International market... Although in this
case it's just moving the 'i' around.)

Canon's Linux drivers page is at [3], if you can parse or guess
your way through Japanese.

If you can't, there's some dicussion at [4]. You want to install
[5] and [6].

And for more general list interest, Debian and Ubuntu repackaging of the
CUPs drivers bt Takushi Miyoshi is at [7]. He's even rewritten the
pstocanon[bi]j program and PPDs supplied by Canon, since the supplied
ones crashed for him and the source was apparently awful.

Note that these drivers do depend on a binary .so, so you're limited
to i386, or AMD64 I guess. (Presumably with a little futzing...)

[1] http://lists.freestandards.org/pipermail/printing-user-canon/2004/001528.html
[2] ftp://download.canon.jp/pub/driver/bj/linux/
[3] http://cweb.canon.jp/drv-upd/bj/other.html#linux
[4] http://www.suseforums.net/lofiversion/index.php/t16956.html
[5] http://download.canon.jp/pub/driver/bj/linux/bjfilterpixus950i-2.2-1.i386.rpm
[6] http://download.canon.jp/pub/driver/bj/linux/bjfiltercups-2.2-1.i386.rpm
[7] http://mambo.kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~takushi/

Paul "TBBle" Hampson, B.Sc, LPI, MCSE
On-hiatus Asian Studies student, ANU
The Boss, Bubblesworth Pty Ltd (ABN: 51 095 284 361)
Paul.Hampson at Pobox.Com

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