Originally Posted by salasi
...they should either open up there printer interfaces or release their own open source drivers.
Even if they do release drivers for Linux and UNIX, they do not necessarily have to be open source. While that would be the preference, the first steps to convincing a company to produce alternative-OS-friendly drivers is to just ease them in the door and let them find out the probable gains for themselves.
I have never seen the harm in distributing details about the printer interfaces, though. Heh, whenever I go to set up a printer and I hit a few snags, my dad goes into this nostalgic trance about "You know, Nick...back in college, I wrote my own printer driver in QBASIC..."
Just my two-cents' worth.