So you want to recycle an old computer to hook it up on your 3d printer (linux mint XFCE works wonders on my old samsung netbook), or you simply have a linux computer and no desire to install windows just to run your printer.
The 2 main programs to execute Gcode are Repetier -host and Pronterface (also known as printrun).
Repetier is running using wine, meaning it’s heavy and cumbersome. As for Pronterface, believe it or not, it’s linux version is prettier than the windows version.
Anyway, here’s how to install it:
1- make sure you have the python dependencies installed:
sudo apt-get install python-serial python-wxgtk2.8 \ python-pyglet python-tk
2- make sure you have git installed:
sudo apt-get install git
3- installing Printrun/Pronterface
go into the folder you want to download it to and type
git clone https://github.com/kliment/Printrun.git
This will copy the folder "Printrun" into the folder you chose. In this folder you'll find a file named "printrun.py" and run it, voila, you have pronterface.
(you can also run it in a terminal with the command python pronterface.py)