After my initial problems with the Avasys driver (I didn't find it) I first used the Gutenprint driver that comes bundled with Ubuntu and in fact it works pretty well.

Still there was this nagging feeling that I might be missing out on something so I occasionally checked back to see whether anything new popped up. Today I finally found a printer driver under the all-in-one section (I swear it hasn't been there before) and installed it. Since some file locations have been different from this article, here is what I did:

$ sudo alien -d --script pipslite-cups-1.0.1-1.i386.rpm
$ sudo alien -i --scripts pipslite-cups_1.0.1-2_i386.deb
$ sudo /usr/share/pipslite/rc.d/ install
$ sudo /etc/init.d/ekpd start

and then I re-configured my printer using /usr/share/cups/model/eklite.ppd and the printer administration.

So far I stick to the basic ppd and the results look pretty good, the tool /usr/bin/pipslite-install which is supposed to generate a ppd specific to my printer model doesn't want to start since it cannot find libgtk-1.2 (and I don't feel like installing it).

The Mac story isn't as encouraging, I downloaded printer and scanner drivers from Epson Europe but unfortunately the same archives that were reported as corrupt on my CD are corrupt after downloading them as well. Only the printer driver works - the installation hangs for about half an hour at "12 files remaining" but eventually completes. I have informed Epson using the contact form, we'll see.

No scanner support on my iBook, but at least I can print now.

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