In Ubuntu, a default printing application (probably a meta application) is installed by default but when you will add a printer (not necessarily a Canon printer, same thing might happens with a HP printer ) – it may not be get detected by default, in that case you can install it manually, but make sure that you install the driver from right series.
Canon Pixma MP 240 and MP 287 – both are entry level printers for simple home use. It’s a decent All in One (print+scan+copy) printer for its price.
Installing Canon MP287 Driver in Ubuntu 12.04/11.10
I’ve tested the driver with Canon MP287 on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (beta) and everything worked out well as expected except some scanning issue.
#1 Download The Debian (*.deb) Achive (MP 287)
#2 Extract the packge and install it by running the install.sh script (and of course you will have to follow some instructions, it’s dead simple – if you’re not sure about anything, go for the default value).
Open the terminal and execute the commands (first command is not required if you’ve already extracted but you must move on to the extracted directory)
tar -xzvf cnijfilter-mp280series-3.40-1-deb.tar.gz cd cnijfilter-mp280* ./install.sh
The Process is almost same for Pixma MP 240. Download the Debian Package (for MP 240) and follow the above instructions or you may be able to install .deb package using Software Center (but I’m not sure about that). You should install the package for scanning as well as printing (obviously).
Sane Project -Scanner Access Now Easy, an API for making scanning/printing more easy on GNU/Linux.