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Re: [opensuse] Suse 10.3 install - oh dear (rant only)
  • From: Sam Clemens <clemens.sam1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 07:40:19 -0400
  • Message-id: <482589A3.9050900@xxxxxxxxx>
James Knott wrote:
Basil Chupin wrote:
Stefan Hundhammer wrote:
On Friday 09 May 2008 17:48, John wrote:
True windoze takes a long time to install but hardware drivers are always available. Not so with linux.

Sadly enough, that's true in many cases. But it's the hardware makers who are to blame if they don't provide drivers or at least specifications how the hardware works so Open Source developers can write drivers.

If the know-how of a piece of hardware is mostly in the (Windows) driver, they won't open that stuff up, so Open Source developers have to rely on reverse engineering to get anything working. Many inkjet photo printers and other kinds of hardware fall into that category.

So whom do you blame for this?

Thanks for reminding me.....

I have an HP Photosmart 8450 printer and it was correctly recognised and configured in v10.3.

Now in 11.0 (B1 and B2) it is no longer recognised and there is no longer a driver for it. Why?

Who to blame for this?

If it was an open source driver, then there's always a driver for it, though it might not be included with later distros. If so, go back & get it from the earlier version and recompile if necessary.

Why would anybody compile a shell script?

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