I managed to get my BBB to work as a standalone system with a monitor, keyboard and a mouse (the default Angstrom). But when I connect a USB cable from a printer (an HP deskjet) it doesn’t appear in any “Print” dialog.
I know nothing of Linux, but I managed to see that when I connect the cable, there’s an “lp0” added to /dev/usb, so the system does recognize something. How can I make the printer work?
I was worried about installing a different distribution, having enough troubles with the first… but eventually it went pretty smoothly. I even heard a rumor that this Ubuntu already supports HP printers - I’m going to test it tomorrow.
The saga continues… I downloaded the HPLIP installer for HP printers and ran it per the instructions. It started downloading and installing all sorts of dependencies, worked for over an hour, then declared I don’t have enough room on the device.
Assuming you have installed one of the OS’s it mentions on the top of that page. After expanding the file system you should have more usable space. If you try installing the drivers again they may pick up where they left off.
Thanks to you, I now have an up-and-running desktop with the BBB. It has Ubuntu precise, LXDE, HP printer support (it required installing CUPS and then the HPLIP), local language keyboard layout and a couple of programs for my kids
I ended up switching to an 8GB Micro SD card, and I expanded the file system per your advice. So far so good.
I’m using Ubuntu 12.04 with LXDE, a very minimal setup. was able to install CUPS and HPLIP and get them to work with an HP deskjet printer, but since I’m not experienced with Linux I don’t really know how it actually works