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Old 04-02-2010, 08:30 PM   #1
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LXer: Lexmark's Linux Secret


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Most of the time at Phoronix we focus on looking at the Linux graphics performance of the software drivers and hardware, since traditionally that has been one of the most troubling areas of Linux hardware support. Tides though have turned as AMD continues to back their own open-source strategy with providing documentation and pushing out code that enables open-source hardware support from 3D acceleration to power management, while Intel continues to back their fully open-source model too. Another area of hardware support that has caused much grief for users has been with printer support. Printers are not nearly as complex as a modern-day graphics processor, but the different vendors have not been quick to offer up any Linux support -- and binary-only drivers frequently back the ones that do. There is one printer manufacturer though that as of last year has begun supporting Linux from top to bottom with their entire line-up of printers. Not only are they providing CUPS drivers, but also they are even printing Tux in the corner of every box they ship right besides the Windows and Apple logos. Do you know who we are talking about? Probably not, but it's Lexmark.

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Old 04-03-2010, 05:05 AM   #2
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Here's another Lexmark secret: They have no clue how to make printers that don't tear the paper or jam constantly.
 
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:29 PM   #4
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Actually Smeeze old fruit, having had to deal with Lexmark printers as a deskside engineer, I kind of agree. They are terrible - you cant maintain them without taking them apart with a screwdriver. A decent printer allows parts to be slotted in without problems.
 
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Well, there is one positive side to Lexmark printers: If they manage to print, they do print faster than most other printers, maybe this is their flaw, they try to print fast and it ends up jamming. I almost got my fingers caught in one ... I could have sued.
 
  


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