Linked by Adam S on Wed 18th Jun 2008 23:05 UTC
Humor You'd think this headline was a joke, but sadly, it's not. It's the real headline of an article posted on SeattlePI.com in the blogs section. The core of the story is that a man couldn't get his printer to work with Windows Vista, and ultimately, with the help of a Microsoft test manager, solved the problem warranting a follow-up article. The comedy here, of course, is in reading what went wrong and wrapping your brain around why engineers didn't forsee such a thing happening.
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RE: 1996
by fernandotcl on Thu 19th Jun 2008 02:42 UTC in reply to "1996"
fernandotcl
Member since:
2007-08-12

You can't blame an OS for badly written drivers and applications. It's like blaming Chevrolet for a flat tire...

Also, if a user can't get his printer to work in Linux, it's not newsworthy - it's pebkac ("Oh geez he installed the non-pthreads enabled version of the driver, why can't people read documentation?"). On the other hand, Vista should have handled two different versions of the same driver smoothly, of course, because the user isn't meant to know what OS he's running (as long as it's a Microsoft OS).

And you gotta be kidding me if you really think open source alternatives are decent printing solutions. Gotta love CUPS' structure (or lack thereof).

Don't you love such an open-minded, well informed and unbiased community?

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RE[2]: 1996
by Soulbender on Thu 19th Jun 2008 04:42 in reply to "RE: 1996"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Don't you love such an open-minded, well informed and unbiased community?


About as much as I love your open-mined, well informed and unbiased response.

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RE[2]: 1996
by Vanders on Thu 19th Jun 2008 08:51 in reply to "RE: 1996"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

And you gotta be kidding me if you really think open source alternatives are decent printing solutions. Gotta love CUPS' structure (or lack thereof).


There is absolutely nothing wrong with the design of CUPS or it's functionality. The Gutenprint project also produces some very high quality printer drivers that work well for a vast majority of common and not-so-common printers.

Now Foomatic on the other hand, and the general unwillingness of printer driver developers to standardise around CUPS? That's a mess that I would have agreed with you on. As it stands it just sounds like you don't really know what you're talking about, though.

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