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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The problem is that a lot of printers don't support either one, especially the cheap consumer printers. The lesson here is "don't buy cheap printers," but it still sucks for all of those people who already have.

Would it be so hard to make even cheap printers support PCL or PS? No, not these days. But, I suspect it would take something on the order of an act of government to actually force the issue (they'd have to make it a legal requirement). This won't happen.

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Lennie Member since:

If I'm not mistaken it's a bit more complicated. I think their was an artificial scarcity.

Or it's a patent agreement problem. PCL/PS printers printer-subset is patented or something like that.

Or their is only one manufacturer of PCL/PS-printing-chip-design company.

I don't quiet remember.

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sorpigal Member since:

My understanding is that it was originally a cost issue, whether for complexity reasons or licensing reasons I do not know.

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