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>do you *like* the extra programs that Hp provides on
>windows to go with the drivers?
Yes and No.
You know we have existing HP printers, and that HP must support them with webOS if they are going to load it on their PCs, even if their target market is home users. I only need the UI to configure the printers right and integrate it nicely with existing Linux applications like LibreOffice and other productivity suites. So that printing in Linux will be easier than ever. No, no CLI configs anymore.
And No. Not those extra spywares. I will go for an HP repository for this purpose to add the optional extras like print monitoring etc., etc. So you see, sometimes,
we need more in addition to drivers, and for home users need _NOT_ to goto: /var/log/.
>I pretty much just avoid them as much as possible.
>Even gong as far as to not run their setup, but have
>windows find the drivers it needs on the driver cd and
>install them itself. No tray icons, no bloatware.
See above. In Linux, no need for a driver CD if you've got your PC online, since a driver CD for Linux isn't feasible if HP will distribute them across distros, but, if for webOS driver specific, then a driver CD is fine.
I actually much prefer printer drivers on linux...
HP seem to support all their printers (or at least, all the ones i have tried) under linux, and all the hp printers or scanners i have tried worked out of the box on ubuntu without needing to touch the cli.
I have seen the drivers hp supplies for windows and osx, and the bloat is ridiculous... Huge installs, and lots of completely unwanted applications... It seems as if every printer or scanner manufacturer installs their own pile of cruft to load at startup, and has their own printer control panel and scanning tool, all of which are different to each other and look pretty crude in their own right.
I would rather just have drivers, and let the os supply a standard interface to configuring/using the devices. Printers all do largely the same thing, there is really no need for additional applications..