[PLUG] Color inkjet - opinions solicited

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Tue Jan 31 10:41:14 PST 2006

On Tuesday 31 January 2006 10:29, Michael Rasmussen wrote:
> I'm on the verge of buying a color inkjet.  If you have any particular
> warnings or recommendations, please reply off list.
> Epsons are currently the favored line.  Probably make the purchase at Best
> Buy.

OK. Here's the deal. Color inkjet printing is the cause of more woes and 
unhappiness on Linux than anything else. So I wrote a couple articles on the 
subject to help folks. Short version: buy the right printer and you're 
golden. Buy the wrong one and you're in for an expensive bad time. Samsung 
and HP support Linux best of all. 

Epson dye-based inks clog printer heads and cost you mega-monies, though they 
are gorgeous when they deign to work right. Canon hates Linux, but the 
TurboPrint drivers work great, and Canons are good print quality and 
reasonably economical.


I just ran into an issue with Ubuntu Breezy where the default installation of 
CUPS does not see the Gutenprint drivers. Now really- doesn't anyone do even 
a rudimentary test to see if things work before releasing them? 

Anyway, you can get good color printing on Linux, you just have to do your 
homework before purchasing a printer.

Please note how I am not saying bad things about Best Buy. Though I want 
to. :)

 Carla Schroder
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