Printing finally works, but it was a lengthy and complicated process. Here are
the steps I took, as best as I can remember:
(1) installed 16.04 on a different machine (virgin install) - so that I can
find out what the real picture is
(2) ran gnome-software (because on the distro update this gnome-software
command is not part of my gui menu, only the previous "Ubuntu Software Center"
(3) downloaded recommended 16.04 missing software, including cups (in fact, I
removed cups related software with synaptic package manager when printing did
(4) Studied 16.04 wiki printing related stuff. Discovered that
/etc/cups/cupsd.conf file did not exist on my machine, but there was a
cupsd.conf.O file still there.
(5) Edited the cupsd.conf.O file according to wiki instructions and saved it
without the .O tail; restarted cups service according to wiki.
(6) Now the cups web interface (127.0.0.1:631) worked, and the printer setting
gui also worked.
(7) The rest of the stuff was the same as when I installed printers years back
with the first installation of xubuntu, then 12.04. Because I have an HP
Laserjet P1102w printer I had to run hp-plugin -i command from terminal in
order to avoid gui printer setup error.
(8) I could also install my Lexmark color printer using samba network shared
printer from my old Fc3 machine and selecting Generic Postscript driver. Same
trick I did before because the Lexmark proprietary driver package installation
did not work from Xubuntu. This was a workaround. My old Fc-3 linux machine
shares the same Lexmark color printer to not only xubuntu bu also to old
Windows machines as well.
F.Y.I. - hope this helps developers and others with similar problems
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