Greetings, one and all.
Many of you who are new to Ubuntu (like myself), who have recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr), and are having problems installing your printer drivers.....please read on.
Like the majority of you, I too tried to install my printer driver by clicking on 'Settings>Printers>Add', and following the instructions through.
Like me, you've probably found that the installation gets stuck halfway through, and refuses to go any further.
If you, too, are in this same boat, please read on; this work-around may do the job for you, too.
My printer is an Epson; they are, unfortunately, known for being a bit awkward under Linux, anyway. I Googled the name of the driver (obtained from the driver search BEFORE the installation seized up), and, from the results, found this page:-
If you visit this site, you can enter your printer make & model, and then select 'show this printer'. The following page will give a list of drivers; if you have a 32-bit version, you want the 'x86 32 bit'; if, like me, you have the 64-bit version, make sure you select the 'x86 64 bit'.
In BOTH cases, you will want the DEB version.
Click on this, and save to your Downloads folder.
Go into Downloads, and right-click; open with Ubuntu Software Centre.
It should come up like anything else you install through the Software Centre; click on 'Install', authenticate when asked for your password, and it will do its thing.
And that SHOULD be that!
I am not making ANY guarantees that this will definitely work for anybody else; but if you're tearing your hair out, like I was, it's got to be worth a try. It certainly seems to work for Epson printers, and basically installs the correct software for proper operation under CUPS (the Common Unix Printing System); for those new to Linux, it is based on UNIX, which is a very much older, and well-established O/S.
Hope this helps somebody else.
PS: This does NOT, however, seem to enable the scanner portion of the 'all-in-one'; I understand that this requires further drivers, and adding some new repositories through the terminal; I will update this thread when I have discovered how to do this!
The drivers in question seem to originate from the Avasys site. However, upon further investigation, Avasys appear to have stopped supplying Linux printer drivers sometime back in late 2011.....therefore these are some years old. But then, so's my printer; as long as it all works, does it really matter?