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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RE: Why are Lexmark incompetent?
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 15:01 UTC in reply to "Why are Lexmark incompetent?"
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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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

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.


Really dude, it doesn't. I'm sorry, but the difference between "and" and "because" is rather massive.

The child fell and he broke his bike.

The child fell because he broke his bike.

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.


http://theoatmeal.com/comics/printers

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dldiamond Member since:
2009-06-10

"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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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

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


HA-HA. Oh, wow!

Please, sir, I have always had a fascination with dimensional travel and alternate worlds. How did you manage to move from your native reality in to my own? Would you be willing to teach me the technique?

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kittynipples Member since:
2006-08-02

Journalistic writing at its finest.

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