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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Driverless printing...
by bert64 on Thu 10th Jun 2010 17:10 UTC
bert64
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2007-04-23

I have always had issues with binary printer drivers, these days i will only buy printers that either have open source drivers (like most of HP's printers), or printers which support standard protocols such as Postscript... If your printer relies on binary drivers then it may not work when you upgrade the OS (i have printers here which worked on xp and osx 10.4 but don't on current versions for instance)...

If you are looking for driverless printing however, look at cups... So long as your cups server has a valid printer driver, your clients will just send postscript data to the server and it will convert that data to whatever the printer itself needs. So you could use a mac mini (mac printer drivers are more common than linux ones), or a small x86 box (when only 32bit linux drivers are available) as a temporary kludge...

Ofcourse when looking at buying a new printer, look for ones that support postscript or open drivers.

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