"Before I go into this week's tips, tricks, and all around "this
is how you do it" stuff, I want to tell you about something
wonderful that happened to me yesterday. No, something else. It had
to do with color. Some time ago, I bought a nice, shiny new HP
DeskJet 710C color printer. Of course, I broke the first rule,
"Thou shalt check the hardware compatibility list". As it turns
out, this printer is one of the so-called "Winprinters", an evil
invention for Windows-only systems. Sort of like a winmodem,
only this is a printer."
"Anyhow, my DeskJet 710C uses what HP calls PPA or Printing
Performance Architecture. This is a closed protocol and HP had the
right to decide to do this, but it made for some tough choices on
my part. We did have one (and still do) Windows 95 PC in the office
and it could use the printer. The color was beautiful and at least
one of us could use it. Turning to the 'net, I found that there was
a printer driver/filter in the early stages of development (it
could print in black and white). So, armed with wild optimism and
the belief in the stalwart band of Linux developers out there, I
decided to keep the printer."
"Time passes ... Tim Norman (the name on the httptech web page)
and the Linux PPA development team (6 developers are listed on the
sourceforge site) work their magic, and finally, we have a color
driver for the HP 710, 720, 820, and 1000 series of color
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