Konica-Minolta Bizhub C220 printer on 64 bit Linux Mint 14 MATE – The Final Solution…? For Linux Mint 15 Olivia too!

Well, maybe I wrote too soon: the previous entry has proved to have no sustainability!
Having gone round in circles, tried older drivers (Bizhub C250) and generally flailed about and asked for help – I even tried our local representation to no avail – I at last seem to have stumbled upon the solution to all the hoo-ha I encountered when trying to print to a Konica-Minolta Bizhub C220 using the K-M supplied driver with 64 bit Linux Mint 14. The solution I found somewhere buried in some K-M documentation I can no longer find. Nevertheless, the OpenPrinting installation guide does mention lsb3.2 main under apt-get indexing.
Before installing the printer driver, install LSB using Synaptic.
A Debian OS, and its derivatives like Linux Mint & Ubuntu, needs the Linux Standard Base 4.0 support package (LSB) installed to work with the supplied Konica-Minolta drivers. When installing LSB in Synaptic, the package triggers the installation of other lsb-* items such as lsb-printing.
As the LSB package description in Synaptic states, and I quote:
“The Linux Standard Base (http://www.linuxbase.org/) is a standard core system that third-party applications written for Linux can depend upon.
This package provides an implementation of all modules of version 4.0 of the Linux Standard Base for Debian on the Intel x86, Intel ia64 (Itanium), IBM S390, and PowerPC 32-bit architectures with the Linux kernel. Future revisions of the specification and this package may support the LSB on additional architectures and kernels.
The intent of this package is to provide a best current practice way of installing and running LSB packages on Debian GNU/Linux. Its presence does not imply that Debian fully complies with the Linux Standard Base, and should not be construed as a statement that Debian is LSB-compliant.”
So, to business in 64 bit Linux Mint 14 MATE:

  • Install LSB – Linux Standard Base 4.1 support package with Synaptic
  • Download the driver C360 Series Linux v10001.0000.zip & MD5 files and check that the zip file is good from here. [Color Products>bizhub C220>Drivers>Linux and click Show]
  • Unzip C360 Series Linux v10001.0000.zip and note where.
  • To install the driver:
  • Under Printers click Add
  • Select Network Printer
  • Select the Konica Minolta C360 that shows “AppSocket/JetDirect network printer via DNS-SD”
  • Click Forward – wait while a driver search opens “New Printer” window
  • Select “Provide PPD file”
  • Go to where the “C360_Series_Linux_v10001.0000/CUPS1.2/EN/KOC360UX” file is located
  • Click Open, Forward & Forward and write the Location if required
  • Click Apply, and Print test page.

If all is well that test page should have printed and you’re ready to set the paper size to your standard.
I hope this is the end of the Konica-Minolta saga. If only I or someone else could have made it clear earlier that Debian needs a LSB tweak to use the drivers for this printer…!

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