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Linux Journal: Taming the Horrors of Printers and Printing, Part 3

Feb 17, 2000, 07:12 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

"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 printers...."

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