I recently acquired a dead Dell 4700 desktop machine from my father. After replacing the power supply, adding some memory and a gigabit ethernet card, it was ready to go. I’d been thinking for some time of setting up a Linux-based home server for print sharing and backup. I installed Ubuntu 9.04 desktop and proceeded to configure the machine.
This article looks at how I configured the machine as a home print server, exploring the terminology and options for the un-initiated (like me).