I found workarounds.
The network printer can be installed if you enter the URI manually. When adding a new printer, select EnterURI from the devices list and enter
01-23-45-67-89-AB is the MAC address of the printer. You have to manually select the printer model for the driver, but everything prints as it should.
If that doesn't work, follow the manual instructions from http://linux.wikia.com/wiki/Getting_Canon_PIXMA_to_work_on_Linux:
$ cnijnetprn --search auto
<...Wait for system search...>
network cnijnet:/00-1E-8F-B6-E0-1A "Canon MX860 series" "Canon-MX860-series_00-1E-8F-B6-E0-1A"
$ locate mx860.ppd
$ sudo /usr/sbin/lpadmin -p CanonMX860 -m cnmx860.ppd -v cnijnet:/00-1E-8F-B6-E0-1A -E
-p option specifies printer name, the
-m option specified
ppd file. The
ppd file for your printer should be included in your binary driver package and at this point should have been installed in
-v option specifies device uri (copy it from
For scanning, edit
/etc/sane.d/pixma.conf and add the line
bjnp://10.0.0.20 (the Pixma's IP address). List the devices to make sure Ubuntu can find it with
$ scanimage -L
device `pixma:MX860_10.0.0.20' is a CANON Canon PIXMA MX860 multi-Function peripheral
You can additionally edit out unnecessary backends (all but pixma) from
/etc/sane.d/dll.conf. That should speed the discovery up a bit. For more details, check out
Although I couldn't find any documentation as to why or how, the Canon network printer discovery protocol doesn't work right in 11.10 as it does in previous versions – perhaps a discovery timeout issue. Still, everything is up and running now.