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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Why are Lexmark incompetent?
by gedmurphy on Thu 10th Jun 2010 14:37 UTC
gedmurphy
Member since:
2005-12-23

Lexmark is incredibly incompetent and doesn't support Linux in any way, shape, or form

Just because hardware manufacturers don't support linux doesn't make them incompetent. They have no obligation to support any OS other than the one they advertise for.

Their choice not to support linux is surely driven by a market share / development and support ratio.

Maybe the incompetent ones are the people who buy hardware and expect it to work across all available operating systems without doing prior research.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Just because hardware manufacturers don't support linux doesn't make them incompetent


I didn't say such a thing. Maybe you should read more carefully. It says "and", not "because". Quite the difference.

Lexmark is incompetent because they are a printer manufacturer.

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gedmurphy Member since:
2005-12-23

I read it right, I just didn't post the full snippet. Here it is

Like every other printer manufacturer, Lexmark is incredibly incompetent and doesn't support Linux in any way, shape, or form.


Unless you're very pedantic about the actual wording (which can be interpreted in different ways), this suggests that printer manufacturers are incompetent due to their lack of linux support.


If this isn't the reason then what did you mean? I've always found printer manufacturers to be very competent. They sell printers which unless faulty, do the job they are supposed to do.

I'm not being picky here, I just think linux guys get mad a little unfairly when manufacturers don't provide them with free support as per Windows.

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kittynipples Member since:
2006-08-02

Journalistic writing at its finest.

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