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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by dldiamond on Thu 10th Jun 2010 17:17 UTC
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"Personally, I also have a printer that's not supported by linux (or not good, there are drivers but they don't seem to work on new distributions). It's one of the few things I use VirtualBox for: I use a virtual machine for printing."

Does that work? I'm asking out of curiosity because recently I had a scanner from someone (desperately needed to scan) and it was a paperweight in Linux. I ended up rebooting into Windows 7 to use it. Having not booted Windows for a couple of months it was the never ending annoyance of popups for outdated virus definitions, windows updates, etc.

I always sort of figured that if Linux didn't have any way of communicating with the printer then a vm wouldn't be able to either. If it can, then it frees me a little more.

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