Firstly, Happy Holidays to everyone, we all hope that you have a nice festive season and that the New Years brings good fortune. But back to the business at hand…
The backport repositories exist so that we can provide updates to software that are needed by some users, or provide significant feature improvements but which are potentially disruptive to installed stable systems.
This is the case with the latest version of the HP printer and scanner software (hplip), which adds support for some new devices, but which our QA testing found to be incompatible with some existing devices.
Further details of the devices that are supported by hplip-3.15.11 can be found in the hplip release notes.
The new version of the hplip packages are now available in the Core Backports repository.
If you have a new HP printer or scanner which does not function properly with Mageia 5, you may require these packages.
Installing backports in Mageia is quite simple:
In rpmdrake, “Install & Remove Software”, select backports from the first drop-down filter. If a previous version is installed the available packages will be marked in the status column with a down arrow with a line above it in a red circle. Select and install the packages appropriate for your architecture.
It is NOT necessary to enable the Backports repository.