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Linux Printing: A Curious Mix of Yuck and Excellence, part 1

Nov 11, 2008, 23:04 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Part of the problem with Linux printing is the usual printer vendor hostility to non-Windows users. Even when there are good vendor-supported Linux drivers, they are often not feature-equivalent to their Windows cousins, and they act as though CUPS doesn't exist at all. But there are some exceptions to this, most notably Hewlett-Packard printers. So, in search of hope, I had a good conversation with Hewlett Packard's General Manager of Core Technology, Sam Greenblatt.

"The HPLIP project is a mostly FOSS project that supports the majority of HP's printers. HPLIP drivers and software are licensed under BSD, MIT, and GPL licenses. Plus there are a few proprietary binary-only bits for some printers; I don't know which ones, but it's apparently a small number."

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