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The Samsung Unified Linux Driver Repository

This site provides an apt (.deb) repository for installing the Samsung Unified Linux Driver in a more user-friendly and less problematic way than downloading and installing directly from the Samsung website or using the installer that ships with printers. I simply repackage the drivers that Samsung provides for free, and am not involved in any way with development of them. The drivers are binary-only (no source code provided), and are only available for the Intel/AMD 32- and 64-bit platforms with limited ARM support (Android, Raspberry Pi, etc. only if "soft-float").

News

6 October 2013

Release of packages for the new 1.00.06 driver. These packages are marked as "driver2" to address the confusion associated with Samsung re-starting their version numbering. These packages should be treated as experimental at this stage - they have had precisely zero in-house testing, because I do not have a system to do more than ensure they install. The Configurator is no longer shipped by Samsung, and is not compatible with this version. So anyone who regularly uses the Configurator should not upgrade. Parallel port support has also been removed, and support for a few printers (beyond those already dropped in 4.01.17) was removed. The latest printers released from Samsung are supported by this driver. There is also limited support for the arm architecture. Specifically, the armel/soft float architecture. The arm drivers do not yet work with armhf/hard float. The new drivers work quite differently, and I will be updating the support content on this site as time allows to reflect the changes. As usual, post to the forums to share any experiences.

Note that the 1.00.06 driver installer from Samsung seems to work fine, and there is currently no seriously compelling reasons to use this repository instead of Samsung's installer (unless you want an alternate driver version or an easy install/uninstall system).

15 May 2013

Addition of the suld-scantopc and suld-scantopc-gui packages for enabling the push-to-scan feature of at least some Samsung multifunction printers. Consider these packages experimental, and share any issues in this thread.

I have also completed a migration to a new web host, without any apparent major issues. But do let me know through the forums if something seems broken.

3 May 2013

Major website update and repository overhaul, as well as release of packages for the 4.01.17 driver. In particular, note that many packages (especially packages related to scanning) have been incorporated directly into the driver package, simplifying installation. Click here if more information is needed on changes to the repository. Also new is a list of printers supported by different driver versions.

29 September 2012

Driver packages updated. Driver versions 4.00.36 and 4.00.39 are now available.

10 June 2012

I have just launched new forums on this website to provide a mechanism to ask for help, provide feedback, etc. These will gradually replace the original Ubuntu Forums thread on this topic that was started way back in January 2007. (Update 27 May: the Ubuntuforums thread is now closed.) When you register, you will be asked to report a Linux version and printer type; this is to simplify my responses to threads, so I can at-a-glance remember the parameters for someone I am replying to.

Setting Up the Repository

  1. If you performed any installations of the Unified Linux Driver performed using the Samsung installer, these must be completely removed before using the .debs in this repository. See the uninstallation information for your version of the driver.
  2. Do one of the following to enable the repository (all are equivalent).
  3. IMPORTANT: The distribution and section must be entered exactly as above. Do not substitute the name of your own distribution, translate the words, or use a default section - it won't work. I get hundreds of errors on the server each day from people who replace one or more of the terms above (especially Ubuntu users using the code name of their particular release).

  4. Install the GPG key (last update: 18 Oct 2009) for the repository (if you skip this step, you will get warnings about installing unauthenticated packages), using one of the following methods.
  5. Refresh your repository listings:

Selecting Packages to Install

This is a quick guide to get most people up and running. If you need additional information, look at the question pages linked at the top of this page or the repository information. Note to long-time users or those following older forum posts about packages: the samsungmfp-* packages have been replaced by suld-* and are somewhat simplified. Although they will still appear in the package list, they simply depend on the new packages to enforce the transition.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the many users, both in the original Ubuntu Forums thread and the current forums, who have provided feedback and helped with testing over the years. I don't even know how many are still using this driver, but thanks to all of you. Particular users who have contributed solutions that I've incorporated into the repository packages or alternative solutions include hokiejp (eglibc 64-bit solution, for network scanning); gaboro (eglibc 32-bit solution testing for the same problem); Rodolfo Medina (ppd-only solution guide); tapanit (work-around for scanning across complex networks); n3ck and ezekiel_quacks (USB scanning work-around solutions); rlar (network scanning broadcast solution); vyvee (usblp fix); b1b1 (pdf to ps printing problems fix). Some of the solutions described in these web pages come from these individuals and may point to their original posts, but even those who solved problems that are now irrelevant have my thanks. More recently, angelnu and totally-king have developed the scripts in the suld-scantopc packages.

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Updated on 26 January 2014