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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ATI, Nvidia, Lexmark, Epson...etc
by Jason Bourne on Thu 10th Jun 2010 15:50 UTC
Jason Bourne
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When it comes down to video card and integrated graphics or a printer, by running Linux, we suffer with the smashing ignorant incompetence that the manufacturers give us.

I recently bought an Epson TX115. I like this printer. There is a driver for Linux, and it works well. But certain facilities like printing both sides of one page or check the ink levels are only written for the Windows driver. Actually, the Linux driver is a community driver instead of the Windows counterpart which is from Epson.

I am here, cheering to see the struggle of those markets as every machine is getting replaced by another operating system that is not Windows. I want to see Nvidia fall down, ATI fall down, the printer's manufacturers fall down. It only takes 1 conscious mind to understand why we are experiencing these things today - we don't buy hardware unless it's supported in Linux. That's how I have been doing and that's how I have been teaching people - stay away from Windows-only solutions. I am sure that once people do this, these restrictions will be limited to only a few.

Video and printers, we gotta walk that step further...

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