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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"I've always found printer manufacturers to be very competent. They sell printers which unless faulty, do the job they are supposed to do."

Its pretty much like the modem industry. Modems were a standard device that included certain hardware that could be easily supported. Then they changed the rules. They offloaded things to the OS and removed hardware components that normally were there, which made it much harder for other operating systems that they weren't in bed with to support the device.

Really? A printer that doesn't support postscript doesn't bother you? Its not about free support... its about not making changes to devices that used to work fine but now... oh, surprise! It will only work with Windows.

Of course, if the buying public weren't so intent on spending as little as possible for a printer then they wouldn't fall into these traps. And they wouldn't fall for the cheap printer that has $100 ink cartridges.

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