My wife is, thankfully, running Linux now after years of being a Windows junky. I set her up with Ubunutu Dapper and so far she loves it. Her only really big complaint is that printing to our networked HP OfficeJet G85 doesn't work so well from photo applications (i.e. Gwenview, F-spot, Digikam, etc.).
- Ubuntu Dapper (latest patch level)
- HPLIP 0.9.7 driver (Ubuntu base and suggested)
- Digikam 0.8.2 RC1
- Kipi plugins
- Dell Latitude D600 - 1.6GHz - 512MB RAM
- HP OfficeJet G85 with JetDirect
What happens (I'll talk about using Digikam for now) is that when she submits a print job, the CPU spikes and holds at or near 100% until the job is spooled. This process can take up to 10 minutes. Once the job is spooled the size of the file to be printed is massive, sometimes well over 100MB. Then to top it all off, after waiting 10 to 15 minutes, the image quality is poor - it has vertical streaks and is grainy.
This same laptop would print near photo quality images to the same printer whilst running Windows with little effort.
One thing that should be noted is that printing from other applications such as Firefox or OpenOffice is fast, but the image quality is roughly the same (grainy and streaked).
I've also tried using a postscript driver. This made the job print faster with not as much CPU saturation but the image quality was way worse.
So! Now my wife just wants to be able to simply print a picture without all of this hassle. She's considering moving back to Windows. If anyone here can help me fix this for my wife and keep her off of Windows I would be very happy (and so would she!).