"Printing on Linux has traditionally been possible mainly thanks
to the efforts of heroic Linux developers, with little support from
printer manufacturers. The recalcitrance of so many hardware
manufacturers to support Linux and other non-Windows platforms
still baffles me--is there something about us that repels them?
They take our money happily enough, without feeling any obligation
to deliver any actual value in return. I would wish an itchy pox
upon the lot of them if I were less saintly. I would also wish an
itchy pox upon Linux users who don't research their purchases a bit
"But I don't really want anyone to have itchy poxes (well,
almost no one), and reality is what it is, so today we're going to
look at the excellent Hewlett-Packard Linux Imaging and Printing
subsystem for Linux (HPLIP)..."