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LinuxWorld.com: Lexmark on Linux - Find out how the Z52 and its proprietary drivers stack up against Gimp-Print

Dec 07, 2000, 00:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"Can a proprietary printer driver outperform the Gimp-Print project and the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS)? I recently raved about an Epson Color Stylus 880 and its free software offerings. This week, I will review the Lexmark Z52 Color Jetprinter and the proprietary Linux software Lexmark has created for it."

"Lexmark sent me a brand-new Z52; it is a fine printer for desktop use. It can reach an amazing resolution of 2400 dpi, in both black and color. At the default setting of 600 dpi, it spits out up to 15 pages per minute. Just a couple of years ago, Lexmark's top-of-the-line printers offered only 1200 dpi. Online prices for the Z52 range from $141 to the suggested retail, $179...."

"The Linux install differs from the Windows and Mac OS installs in that the software for those platforms comes on a CD, while the Linux driver and related software lives on Lexmark's Website. Please note that the Lexmark driver comes as an RPM file and requires Ghostscript (6.01 recommended)."

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