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Re: [News] GNU/Linux Desktop Good for All the Family

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____/ Terry Porter on Wednesday 30 Sep 2009 02:29 : \____

> On Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:51:52 +0100, Nigel Feltham wrote:
>> bbgruff wrote:
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> Monday, 28 September, 2009
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> | When I got back from doing that, I got a phone call from one of | my
>>>> sisters. I had given her my mom?s old machine with Ubuntu | Linux
>>>> installed on it, and she had a bunch of questions. I was | able to
>>>> answer all but two of them. Those two I had no experience | with. Her
>>>> first question was how do you install a printer driver | on Linux? I
>>>> had her bring up the Printers support dialog and her | printer was
>>>> already there. She was amazed, considering her | experience with
>>>> Windows on that subject. `----
>>>> http://www.blogicalthoughts.com/?p=1539
>>> Months ago, we had somebody round with a tiny HP printer (forget the
>>> model number) that's designed just to print 6"x4" photos. I was quite
>>> game to try it on Linux (HP usually install easily?), so rather than
>>> fire-up a Windows partition and use her CD, I first said "Just try
>>> plugging it into one of those USBs" on my ubuntu machine.
>>> She did, switched on, and I moved the mouse intending to bring up the
>>> printer dialog.  Before I could click anything, a box popped up saying
>>> "You HP XXX is ready to print"!
>>> I don't know who was most dumfounded, me or her!
>> That's the trouble with Linux - scanners are the same, plug & go without
>> getting a chance to install the 150mb+ of crap that comes on the
>> supplied CD.
> I wonder if you guys do as I do with new peripherals ?
> 1) Open box, take out gear
> 2) Plug gear into Linux PC and start using, or if problem, Google and fix.
> 3) Find product Windows CD and throw straight in bin

To be fair, it depends on the peripherals. Some people insist on buying Linux-hostile
products, so it's more or less their fault (vendor and buyer).

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