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Re: Lexmark Z11

Is that Z11 one of those brain-dead "win-printers"?  They are the
printer world's match for the win-modem.  By putting all the logic to
drive the printer in the PC-side driver, they are able to lower the
cost of the printer by a few bucks, and thereby attract the checkbook
of the newbie who wants the cheapest printer he can get.  Each one
needs a special driver that uses the printer port in a bi-directional
manner so that the bit-lines, instead of carrying ascii text data or
raster data, carry stepper motor phase signals, or ink jet modulation
pulse codes.  These printers are frequently part of a
computer-monitor-printer bundled package deal at your local
refrigerator store.  

This really makes no sense, because even on windoze the computer is
just about useless for anything else while it is driving the printer.
A printer with this micro-management logic built into itself instead
of the PC-side driver software typically costs about $20 US more.
People usually only buy this sort of printer once.  Their next printer 
is usually a more normal one.

Making these win-printers work under Linux requires a driver that
understands the guts of the printer, and manufacturers are usually
secretive about this, so you can't GPL such a driver, so they are just 
not supported under any GPL-ed os.

BTW Microsloth must love these printers, because they create a barrier 
for people moving from windoze to Linux, as people do not want to have 
to buy a new printer just because they changed os, so they just don't
change.  Ditto for the win-modems.

fred smith writes:
 > On Sun, Dec 28, 2003 at 01:45:39PM +0100, Hans-Peter Rangol wrote:
 > > Hi,
 > > I have posted this question already on the fedora-list, but I didn't get
 > > a solution.
 > I hope you have better luck than I have had. I've spent hours (on RH8)
 > trying to get the Z11 to work, all to no avail. One would think it could
 > be done, since there is a driver for it (several varaints, in fact) shown
 > on linuxprinting.org, but for me it was a no-op.
 > And now it doesn't matter, since the cheap thing has died and gone to
 > old-printer-heaven.
 > > 
 > > I have two printers, one Lexmark Optra 310 (Laserprinter) and the ink
 > > using Lexmark Z11, and tried to print with a laptop with Fedora core 1
 > > installed.
 > > Printing with the Laserprinter is no Problem, but the Z11 is simply not
 > > possible, because the printer is not detected.
 > > Not even cat textfile > /dev/lp0 is working.
 > > 
 > > Its no problem with the same Computer to xp home, so I don't believe it
 > > is a with the hardware.
 > > Its printing with rh8 and rh9. Perhaps it is a problem of kudzu from
 > > Fedora, because kudzu didn't recognize the printer, wenn the z11 is
 > > connected to the lp0.
 > > Even manual configuration didn't work.
 > > 
 > > 
 > > Any help for this?
 > > 
 > > tia
 > > hp rangol
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