!Re: [Scribus] printing canon printers

Bart Alberti bart
Fri Apr 1 08:06:39 CEST 2005

Indeed the question (thanks for your instantaneous reply!) is, since I
actually get the message "SuSE Linux does not support this printer", when
it, namely, BJ-200, is right there on the list; and I have seen postings on
the forums that somehow SuSE 9.2 yanked support for the Canon BJ-200
(something about libpng.so.#nnn) although their hard ware data base still
shows  it as fully supported (not under CUPS but LPrng of course).
 Gee, it has been a sturdy little box for TEN years now! At the moment I do
not print.
It's a bit irrelevant but the modem was a devil too under 9.1 even my
external modems (three of them) did not work but only the Intel 536ep is
fine and I have an external  too under 9.2.
Linux is intolerant of hard ware (as was Win NT notoriously). This must
I too am a hobby enthusiast! This is all a challenge; but aggravating, too.
It is 10 PM here in California and I am going to bed.

Bart Alberti

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Craig Ringer" <craig at postnewspapers.com.au>
To: <scribus at nashi.altmuehlnet.de>
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2005 9:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Scribus] printing canon printers

> On Thu, 2005-03-31 at 21:02 -0800, Bart Alberti wrote:
> > Printing in LINUX is not easy at all.
> In general, I have to agree. Oddly, it's easier with big, expensive,
> complicated network PostScript printers than it is with inkjets -
> largely because the big printers follow well defined standards.
> > I do not care how brilliant our coders
> > in 'C' are. If the product cannot be delivered to the user easily it is
> > GOOD.
> Now there, I think you've got the wrong way of it. It might be no good
> to you for what you want it for, but that doesn't make it no good. Not
> as good, yes, but not no good at all.
> Remember, only one part of the Linux "community" even views it as a
> "product". To many it's a project and a hobby. Open Source developers
> aren't all working on a product roadmap for their dayjobs ;-) . Now,
> many or even most still care about making it easy to use and easy to
> distribute, but not necessarily because of commercial-development style
> thinking about products and delivery.
> I happen to agree that consumer-level printing under Linux is a right
> mess, and that even "enterprise" level printing is in a much weaker
> state than it should be. It is, however, a darn sight better than what
> we had two years ago, and it's still getting better at a fair clip. I
> don't think it's reasonable to write it off just because there are some
> problems with it.
> > I say this as a user and friend of Linux. I am sending this message
> > from my Win doze box which I was about to junk!
> >
> > CUPS uses, it seems, [GhostScript] for non [PostScript] printers and
that is
> > always a notch or two behind for all the distributions.
> Correct. In no small part thanks to work and negotiation by Peter
> Linnell, this is now slowly changing and distros are beginning to pick
> up newer versions of GhostScript. I understand part of the problem was
> that the ESP patches to gs, needed by CUPS, weren't compatible with gs8
> and weren't in a state where they could be integrated into the mainline
> ghostscript. I think that's now resolved or on its way to being
> resolved.
> --
> Craig Ringer
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