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Announcements / HP acquiring Samsung printer business
« on: September 12, 2016, 20:42:13 »
Announced today is that HP is purchasing Samsung's printer business.  The deal may take a year yet to close, assuming no regulatory hurdles.  Presumably after that there will start to be significant changes in the distribution of printer drivers.  Historically HP printers have been well-supported on Linux, so I would guess that within 2-3 years there will be no need for this repository for new printers based on Samsung technology.  I have no idea how long support will be provided for existing printers through current drivers, or for how much longer (if at all) the Unified Linxu Drivers will continue to be updated by Samsung/HP.

I have no plans to change anything here, but will watch this development with interest.  Even if HP drops support for some existing models of Samsung printers, I can continue to provide drivers through this website for some time, at least until the drivers start to develop incompatibility with the latest Linux distributions or interest in obtaining the drivers drops off.

See the official press release here:
http://h30261.www3.hp.com/news-and-events/news-library/2016/09-12-2016.aspx


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Announcements / Driver version 1.00.37
« on: December 27, 2015, 13:04:02 »
The Samsung installer for driver version 1.00.37 (December) is available on the Samsung Installer page, but I do not plan to package it.  The only differences from 1.00.36 are the ppd files for the M301x, M306x, C3010, and C3060 series printers, none of which appear to be actually for sale yet.  The driver itself is identical to 1.00.36 (and therefore also 1.00.35).

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Announcements / Repository update: v1.00.36
« on: December 25, 2015, 14:26:40 »
Driver version 1.00.36 is now available.  The only significant changes are updates to many ppd files and a couple of minor fixes to the packages, together which should probably address many of the problems some people have had with the 1.00.35 driver.

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Announcements / Driver2 v1.00.35 available
« on: May 02, 2015, 12:04:53 »
I have added packages for the latest Samsung driver, driver2-1.00.35.  This was released by Samsung in March, and seems to provide a lot of ppd adjustments that may fix minor issues (although I have tested anything) with a range of printers.

There was no ARM driver version provided for this version.  I don't know if this is a fluke, a mistake, or if Samsung no longer intends to provide ARM drivers.

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I have uploaded packages for two new versions of the driver, 1.00.27 and 1.00.29.  I have also updated updates to 1.00.06 and 1.00.21 that may address some issues.  No testing has been performed.

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I have posted packages for the 1.00.21 driver (driver2-1.00.21), which Samsung released in March.  I have performed zero testing on these packages.

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Announcements / Future of the repository
« on: October 06, 2013, 16:11:49 »
I am putting out official notice that this repository will probably not last forever.  There is no short-term risk it will disappear, or that anything currently available will be removed.  However, there is a serious risk that updates will become even more infrequent and/or eventually stop altogether.

There are three major reasons for my winding down my effort in this project, in order of least to most important:
1. I no longer own a working Samsung printer.  I am therefore unable to test any drivers, so all packages are untested when posted.

2. The latest Samsung installer is decent, and most of the problems that originally led to the creation of this repository are fixed.  (At least, for those printers supported by the "driver2" drivers, 1.00.06 and higher.)  Therefore, motivation to keep creating packages is considerably reduced, although there is still some benefit to such an approach.

3. At this point in my life, I have very limited free time.  Every significant update to this project consumes most of a weekend, and I rarely have a weekend free any more.  Even minor updates and occasional forum responses take up a significant fraction of my free time.  I do not expect to have time or energy to spend on this project with any consistency.

All that said, the current repository and files will remain indefinitely.  And I would be happy to have someone else contribute or even take over, while retaining the infrastructure I am currently using.

If you have any interest in potentially ensuring that this project continue, just post here and I will be in touch (you do not need to share you email address publicly).  In the meantime, I will continue to respond to forum posts when possible and deal with what maintenance of the packages that I can.  I am uncertain whether any future drivers released by Samsung will be packaged or not; if they are similar to existing drivers and relatively painless to wrap up, I will.  If Samsung releases yet another drastically changed driver, I expect to give it a pass.

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Announcements / Repository Update: Driver 1.00.06 Released
« on: October 06, 2013, 15:57:39 »
Packages for the newest driver (1.00.06) have been released.  These are marked "driver2" because there are major changes compared to the previous versions, including a lack of parallel support and no Configurator.  However, there is support for arm (soft float, armel).

Packages are completely untested.  Please post with problems, and see the web pages for more information if you encounter problems.

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Announcements / Driver version 1.00.06
« on: August 10, 2013, 15:05:22 »
As of Aug 1, Samsung appears to have released a new driver for all currently supported printers, with the version of 1.00.06.  Theis driver appears to add ARM support, but the structure of the driver is very different from previous versions.  Samsung also appears to have removed the Configurator and many other components.  As time permits, I will work on packaging this version and creating packages for ARM devices.  It will be at least a few weeks, due to my limited free time and the complexity involved.

In the meantime, if anyone tests the installer directly from Samsung, please share any experiences.

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Announcements / Possible site outage
« on: May 12, 2013, 22:35:33 »
I will be changing web hosts this week.  As a result, there is the possibility that this site will be down for a day or two, or that you may have trouble accessing it as the registration changes propogate through the internet.

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Announcements / Driver version 4.01.17 released
« on: May 04, 2013, 21:35:45 »
suld-driver-4.01.17-1 is now available for anyone who wants to try the latest from Samsung.  However, note that several printers are no longer supported by this release.

Note that I cannot verify that this version of the driver works on even a basic level - my printer is one of those for which support was dropped.

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Announcements / Major repository and website update
« on: May 04, 2013, 21:33:50 »
The repository and website have both received a major overhaul, including a renaming and restructuring of all repository packages.  You can find the most important details here:
http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/index.html
http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/repository.html#rename

Except for the confusion that will likely result from the renaming, the repository changes should be seamless for most users.  The motivation was to clean up some of the complications that have developed over the past couple of years and create a structure that will be easier to maintain and update (meaning I can be more reponsive to issues as they develop instead of waiting for several to accumulate).  The changes should also address many scattered issues leading to some users having to apply various manual hacks or to need older versions of packages.  Finally, I expect that not only will this structure work as well or better for everyone, but that future updates will also be less likely to cause issues.

Please post here or in the appropriate forum if you encounter problems with the updates.  The website will continue to receive smaller updates over the next few days.

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Announcements / Repository updated: 4.00.36 and 4.00.39 drivers
« on: September 29, 2012, 18:14:34 »
The repository has been updated with the two latest driver versions from Samsung.  Chances are that most people won't notice any changes, but hopefully it will resolve a few issues, and several additional printers are supported for both printing and scanning.

I had to make a bunch of "under the hood" changes to the structure of packages; I believe I resolved all issues so that upgrades should go smoothly, but it is possible you will encounter a hiccup.  If so, I suggest just updating the samsungmfp-common package; that will generally get the package manager straightened out and pull in all the other updates.

Note that there are a few new packages, which are of only administrative interest, and the samsungmfp-scanner-sane-fix(-multiarch) packages are gone - I incorporated them directly into the scanner package.

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Using the Repository / Quick Guide to Setting Up Repository
« on: June 09, 2012, 20:28:16 »
Quick Guide to installing Samsung printers & the Unified Linux Driver:

Using the Samsung Unified Linux Driver repository
This method installs the proprietary Samsung drives while avoiding all the problems associated with the manual installation and allowing you to retain control over exactly what gets installed.  View the instructions on the repository webpage for setting up the repository: http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/.

Just installing one of the suld-driver-* or suld-driver2-* packages should enable full printing and scanning support.  See the list of supported printers at http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/supported.html for suggestions about which version to install.  All other required packages will be automatically installed.

The Configurator and other packages are really only necessary in a subset of cases, or if you happen to like the Configurator interface to manage printers.  Note that the suld-driver2-* packages do not support the Configurator, nor many older printers.

Other approaches: check here if you are looking for alternatives: http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/alternatives.html.  Much more information and technical details are available on the main SULDR web page, as well as the links above for common questions and solutions.

The Samsung Smart Panel and Printer Utilities
Samsung also provides additional utilities for certain printers.  Since they are printer specific (unlike the Unified Driver, downloading the Smart Panel for a different printer model than your own will often not work), and not available for the CLP-550N, I have never tested these.  These utilities pose a security risk to your system.  See the repository main page for details on these, and why you should consider the implications of installing them.  The page also explains why I will not be producing .debs for these programs, so please do not ask me to.

A request: contact Samsung.  Please look at the first question here: http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/questions.html, and then contact Samsung about the issues raised.  I've spent hundreds of hours (as of have other users) trying to create workarounds for issues that Samsung should be able to address.  However, no change in the drivers or installation process is likely unless many of the thousands of users of this repository and forum make their voices heard.

Also please note that there is no Samsung driver available for Arm-based systems, such as smart phones or Raspberry Pi, except for partial support for a few of the now older driver2 versions.  You will have to look into other alternatives for your printer on those systems.

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Scanning / How to post for help (READ THIS FIRST!)
« on: June 09, 2012, 20:17:34 »
First, please read http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/scanning.html, and/or the other links above regarding common questions, to see if your question is answered there.

When posting, please provide:
1. Your printer model
2. The Linux distribution and version you are using (Ubuntu 12.04, Debian Testing, etc.)
3. How the printer is connected (USB or network protocol)
4. Which driver version (packages) you have installed (or if you are not using the repository)
5. The specific problem including any error messages you see
6. Other relevant information, such as anything you have already tried to resolve the issue, whether the printer worked at some point in the past or in a different configuration, etc. - the more information you can provide, the more likely it is that someone will recognize the problem

Without this information, it is unlikely anyone will be able to help you, and your question may well be entirely ignored. I monitor this forum and will respond to public posts (although it may take a few days); do not attempt to send me a private message or email. On the other hand, I don't always know how to solve the problem, which is why I insist on public posts, and other readers are welcome to jump in and help out.

Please be aware of two very common solutions:
1. If you installed the driver using the Samsung installer, the first thing to try when having problems is to remove it and set up the repository to install the driver.  This will always be the first thing I suggest you do if you tell me you used the Samsung installer for any v3 or v4 driver (the "driver2" v1 installers seem to be okay).

2. If you installed one driver version and it doesn't work, try a different version.  Check the list of supported printers (http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/supported.html) for particular versions that are likely to work with your model.

Also note that there is no Samsung driver available for most Arm-based systems, such as smart phones or Raspberry Pi.  Although there is an "armel" driver available, most Arm current hardware is "armhf" and so does not work with the provided driver.  You will have to look into other alternatives for your printer on those systems.

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Printing / How to post for help (READ THIS FIRST!)
« on: June 09, 2012, 20:13:54 »
First, please read http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/printing.html, and/or the other links above regarding common questions, to see if your question is answered there.

When posting, please provide:
1. Your printer model
2. The Linux distribution and version you are using (Ubuntu 12.04, Debian Testing, etc.)
3. How the printer is connected (USB or network protocol)
4. Which driver version (packages) you have installed (or if you are not using the repository)
5. The specific problem including any error messages you see
6. Other relevant information, such as anything you have already tried to resolve the issue, whether the printer worked at some point in the past or in a different configuration, etc. - the more information you can provide, the more likely it is that someone will recognize the problem

Without this information, it is unlikely anyone will be able to help you, and your question may well be entirely ignored. I monitor this forum and will respond to public posts (although it may take a few days); do not attempt to send me a private message or email. On the other hand, I don't always know how to solve the problem, which is why I insist on public posts, and other readers are welcome to jump in and help out.

Please be aware of two very common solutions:
1. If you installed the driver using the Samsung installer, the first thing to try when having problems is to remove it and set up the repository to install the driver.  This will always be the first thing I suggest you do if you tell me you used the Samsung installer.

2. If you installed one driver version and it doesn't work, try a different version.  Check the list of supported printers (http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/supported.html) for particular versions that are likely to work with your model.

Also note that there is no Samsung driver available for Arm-based systems, such as smart phones or Raspberry Pi.  You will have to look into other alternatives for your printer on those systems.

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