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Old 09-29-2006, 04:30 PM   #1
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Why are printer drivers so esoteric

I have looked at every possible website on the net and I still can't find a Linux printer driver for my Lexmark x8350 printer. Must I learn to write printer drivers to solve the problem? If so where do I start. Any short cuts? I have a complete Linux Fedora Core 5 system and EVERYTHING works accept for a printer driver. I don't want to buy a new printer, I'm happy with this one. Any help resolving this issue would be appreciated. Thank you for your help.
Old 09-29-2006, 06:19 PM   #2
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Lexmark uses proprietary drivers and for all practical purposes they have decided not to support Linux. I would encourage you to contact Lexmark to express your thoughts on their decision.

A good summary can be found under sections 1.7 thru 1.9 of this Lexmark FAQ from Unfortunately, there are no easy answers if a manufacturer chooses against releasing any drivers for a particular operating system.

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