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Re: A label printer for Linux

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on October 09, 2007 06:02 PM
Agreed, and in fact, the README does tell you to build it as root. Probably not necessary, but that's hardly any better.

While I do appreciate some support for Linux, this is not a helpful level yet.

I have seen very insightful comments on device support recently, to the effect that, first of all, manufacturers look at device support as a form of advertising. That's why Windows device software support pops up windows, loads doodads in the system tray, and installs special drivers that flash the manufacturer's logo and web links all over the dialog, when all you want to do is print something.

Secondly, but related to that, the actual support software is often complete junk. If people could actually see the poor-quality, possibly intrusive and potentially insecure crap that goes into the software they were installing (as root!), it would be a huge embarrassment.

In this case, even these easily fixed rough-edges cannot be fixed because the support package is all under a proprietary license: no changes and no redistributing.

Based on that, I don't think we'll ever see Windows-style hardware support for Linux, or if we do, I for one don't want it.

The best we can hope for is that the manufacturer will simply release enough information for us to develop our own drivers, or adapt a generic driver to handle the device.


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