Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 12:53 UTC
Linux This is a problem I've been dealing with for a while now. I have a Lexmark printer which I've bought without checking for compatibility with Linux (I bought it when I was still using Windows), and as it turns out, this printer is not supported in Linux. I switched to Linux on my main desktop full-time late last year, so instead of to my desktop, I hooked this printer up to my bedroom Windows 7 media server/HTPC, and whenever I need to print, I just drop the file in question on this machine, and print form there. I need a better solution. Update: As it turns out, Lexmark has recently started releasing Linux drivers (good stuff). Still, the problem at hand stands, as there might still be other printers that suffer from the same problem.
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Lexmark printers with Linux? Ouch
by HunterA3 on Thu 10th Jun 2010 14:51 UTC
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I tried a Lexmark printer with several copies of Linux around early 2000 (Caldera, Mandrake, Redhat, Suse), and despite purchasing a printer that stated it worked with Linux, it used an ancient version. None of the modern distros would talk to it. It was later that I discovered that Lexmark (and therefore Dell printers too) are much like internal modems. They function as a true device by using several windows software hooks to complete the missing hardware functionality. Without windows, you're still screwed. Now that may have changed some with the introduction of Mac OS X, because it's really just BSD underneath, but after buying three different Lexmark printers and not being able to get any of them to talk to Linux, I gave up and went with HP, Epson, and Brother. Lexmark can keep their trash.

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