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Re: WSJ - Article on Linux netbooks

Kevin Kofler wrote:
Konstantin Svist wrote:
Is there a driver wrapper for printers out there (similar to
ndiswrapper)? If not, there should be :P

No, there shouldn't! We'll never get native, Free drivers that way. I don't
want to have to use crappy buggy proprietary drivers which weren't even
written for my operating system! Ndiscrapper (misspelling intentional) is a
problem, not a solution.

Are you saying if I scrap ndiswrapper you will write a driver? I'll give you a list of hardware, if you have some time.

Buy a supported printer! (I recommend HP models supported by HPLIP without
the binary "plugin". Most HP printers are, but check the compatibility list
to be sure.)

If I scrap my unsupported hardware will you buy me new? And clients, they will probably scrap their old hardware if someone will buy new. If I told them they would have to buy hardware themselves they would scrap Linux, and be cost justified.

You are mixing religious zeal with affordability, or something. It's something you can practice for personal use (donate to the cause of your choice), or if your employer will buy what you want. If I have to buy it out of my business budget, or get someone to pay for it, there needs to be a compelling business reason.

I don't disagree with your point, but it's not an option for many users. And if I get someone using Linux with ndiswrapper it's easier to influence new hardware buys.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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