Re: Choosing a Linux printer sucks.
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 18:33:33 GMT
On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 14:42:42 +0000, Tony Hwang thoughtfully wrote:
> email@example.com wrote:
>> On 2004-08-02 05:34, RobertP wrote:
>>> Lexmark is somewhat uncooperative in sharing printer info. HP, Epson
>>> and others do not have a problem printing with Linux. See
>>> I can find hundreds of printers that work with Linux there, but only a
>>> few of them are Lexmarks. The Lexmark Optra printers do work with
>>> Linux. This is not a shortcoming of Linux. It is shortsighted of
>>> manufacturers not to provide drivers for Linux and not to provide
>>> information so people can write drivers for Linux. The only business
>>> reasons for restricting such material are cross-licensing agreements
>>> that forbid it or they foolishly believe Linux will never amount to
>>> anything. In business many printers are accessed over a network filled
>>> with machines of several operating systems. I used Lexmark and HP
>>> printers in my lab available to Lose98 and RedHat. I put them on Linux
>>> servers for greater reliability...
>>> I have no problem printing in Linux except there are too many from
>>> which to choose. I question why HP has so many models of printer....
>> Epson has even complete software for linux cups and lpd if you look at
>> the Japan site.
>> (including ink. monitor and photo paper settings)
>> <http://www.epkowa.co.jp/english/linux_e/dl_spc.html> (very very slow to
>> load, maybe DNS problem, or just overloaded :-)
> Who in right mind would buy Lexmark printer? One of most expensive printer
> to operate anyhow.
I bought a $220 Epson Color 850 or something when it first came out a 4-5
years ago. The ink would dry on the cartridge although the cartridge
was full but ink wouldn't flow. There was no way to remove the
cartridge until the cartridge was empty. Eventually, I was too slow
trying to extract the cartridge on it's pass and it got caught. It was
$60 just to have a certified Epson repair look at the printer. I bought
a Lexmark Z54 USB for $89 and got a $40 rebate for final cost of $49
it prints faster and better than the Epson ever did. The cartridges park
in the center so they can be removed whenever I open the printer cover.
The cartridges cost $5-$10 more than Epson's but they last longer. It's
disappointing the printer isn't Linux compatible but I just print from XP
which I keep for 3D games, printing and scanning.
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