On Saturday 30 May 2009 09:45:41 Tim wrote: > On Thu, 2009-05-28 at 12:50 -0400, Tom Horsley wrote: > > Why stop at printers? I've long believed there should be a generic > > windows driver layer in linux that provides all the interfaces > > of windows drivers to the kernel so you could use any > > windows driver for linux :-). > > With all their bugs and other foibles... > > Seriously, printing on Windows can be an absolute nightmare. A plethora > of ridiculous options, and really stupid behaviour. They seem to want > you to pat your head, while rubbing your tummy, while hopping up and > down on one leg, with your eyes shut. Any time my mum goes to print > something on her PC, this huge control panel pops up with options that > she'll never know what to do with. > > What I want is a standard interface between printer and computer (heck, > why not ethernet), a standard protocol between them (IPP seems good), a > standard language between then (why not Postscript), and actual > intelligent printer design (say, why not, when I put A4 paper in the > printer tray, the printer can see what size is in there, and tell the > computer about it). > > Too bloody sensible, it'll never be done... > I've long been a fan of HP printers, but I bought one model for my daughter that had the capability of using profiles. It insisted on profiles being set up. She couldn't use it. I set up a couple of profiles for her, but she never got the hang of it. She threw the printer away and got another (to say that I was somewhat annoyed is an understatement). Anne
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