With all the hoppin` lately, I think it is high time I hit you with a lighter article. This is only for Canon multifunctionals owners, so, if you're not in that group, feel free to do something else. Like chasing squirrels!
I've seen only one Linux distribution that would pull the neccesary drivers for MP250's printer. The scanner worked, surprisingly, out of the box, across all the distros I've happened to host on my HDD.
Happily, the people at Canon, unlike most companies, don't blissfully ignore our presence and they offer Linux drivers for their products.
I've recorded a little step-by-step video to guide you. Granted, the installation process is far from being difficult, so even Linux beginners might be able to handle it without much help. A few notes: my OS is Linux Mint, which is Debian based, so I only worked with the .deb file. But, as you can see, there is also an RPM package (Red Hat, Fedora, etc.) and the source file, for the more exotic distros. :)
Also, if you're using plain Debian, you will have to first login to your root account inside the terminal, before attempting to install the printer. To do that, simply type su, press enter and throw in your password.
Some distros (including Linux Mint) might offer the open-in-terminal nautilus plugin that will allow you to right click inside the extracted .deb folder and open a terminal window with the starting location set to that folder => type only the ./install.sh command and the installation will begin, no need to navigate to that directory.
With that out of the way, here it is:
Oh, if you choose US from the list, you might have a nasty surprise when directed to Canon's support page: there's no "Linux" entry in the operating system drop down menu. If so, simply choose another country. Or just click this direct link. *wink wink*.
|What would the world do without Windows ME drivers...|
And that would be all! I will hopefully be back with a new article in the near future... Don't you dare leave me! :) Ok, have an awesome Weekend Eve (if you're reading this on a Friday :D ).