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Fred A. Miller
On 02/11/2010 12:58 PM, Robert Cunningham wrote:

> > On 02/11/2010 10:08 AM, lynn wrote:
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>> >> On Thursday 11 February 2010 16:01:34 Verner Kjærsgaard wrote:
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>>> >>> I use the EPSON R2400 with Turboprint (German sw, costs a few euros).
>>> >>> VERY good results. Just my ten cents :-)
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>> >> Thanks Verner. slow but sure I'm getting there.
>> >> L x
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> > I use Turboprint as well it supports a lot of Cannon , HP, Brother and
> > Epson printers.
> > For some it even gives a higher resolution than the windows drivers that
> > comes with the printer
> > It is a great program for printing photos.
> > http://www.turboprint.info/
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>  
I'd used T-Print a few years ago and it worked reasonably well, then a
new release of openSUSE came out and it didn't work with it. I just d'ld
the latest version that has the 11.2 fixes. I'm VERY impressed and now
can print 8x10" prints on my HP Photosmart Pro B8850 which until now,
couldn't print, even using hplip. The later was supposed to be fixed
with the last release and wasn't. :) The controls on this release are
AWESOME, including having boarderless setup exactly where you want the
image to be.....OUTSTANDING!

'Guess I'll have to buy it this afternoon. ;)

Fred

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Re: printer recommendations

Johannes Meixner

Hello

On Feb 11 16:32 Fred A. Miller wrote:
> I'd used T-Print a few years ago and it worked reasonably well, then a
> new release of openSUSE came out and it didn't work with it. I just d'ld
> the latest version that has the 11.2 fixes.

An example of the know annoyance as described in
http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Information_for_Printer_Manufacturers_Regarding_Linux_Support
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Since the cost for a functional new printer is relatively low,
the effort and cost spent for a proprietary Linux driver may seem
a waste of time and money. What is more, using a proper printer
will solve the driver problem once and for all, as it will
eliminate the need for installing and configuring proprietary
driver software and obtaining driver updates required for new
developments in the print system
------------------------------------------------------------------------

I don't know what in openSUSE 11.2 has changed so that
TurboPrint didn't work with it because we (i.e. Novell/Suse)
do not buy and test non-free drivers (but TurboPrint could
have tested their driver with the upcomming openSUSE 11.2
because openSUSE is all the time free available even while
under development via the openSUSE:Factory project).

http://www.zedonet.com/en_p_turboprint_history.phtml
does not indicate that TurboPrint does not work at all
with openSUSE 11.2 but perhaps the "sometimes" therein
means actually "on some systems" and your system was one
of those where the backend could not find your printer?

By the way:
They write "usb backend" which might indicate a USB issue
which might perhaps be another instance of
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=559697
but this is really ony a blind guess.


> I'm VERY impressed and now
> can print 8x10" prints on my HP Photosmart Pro B8850 which until now,
> couldn't print, even using hplip. The later was supposed to be fixed
> with the last release and wasn't. :) The controls on this release are
> AWESOME, including having boarderless setup exactly where you want the
> image to be.....OUTSTANDING!
>
> 'Guess I'll have to buy it this afternoon. ;)

Not really unexpectedly it seems once one pays for something,
one can expect higher quality than what one gets for free
(which does not mean that payment results high quality in any case).

This leads to the interesting question if the HP management
might have already noticed that their customers who bought
a HP printer also already paid for their Linux driver... ;-)


Kind Regards
Johannes Meixner
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