OT: Printer/scanner suggestions
gaijin at clearwire.net
Thu Oct 4 21:26:55 EDT 2007
Janina Sajka <janina&rednote,net> promulgated:
> Butt, why do you insist on HP?
Mainly because HP was one of the first companies to support Linux
and the open-source movement by asking hardware manufacturers to help
support Linux, and to try to sell Linux compliant hardware in their own
PCs...and don't call me a butt. They also produce some pretty rugged
systems. I got the chance to pull one apart a few years back, and I
was pretty impressed by their construction methods. The thing looked
like it would survive being tossed across a room at least. Considering
how many Playstation controllers I went through in the 90's... <grins>
They've also been around so long that they're bound to get things
right. That, and I prefer buying quality hardware. I still have a
working USRobotics 2400baud/MNP-5 modem that still works. Bought it in
'91. You get what you pay for, and if not them, then I'd probably buy
> The 7820N can run lpt, usb, or on your tcp lan, which is how I have
> it installed.
My last laser printer was networked. Got it used when
Texacodecided to upgrade all their printers. It was a monster. I had
toremove the front seat of my VW Bug to get it in the car. Stewpid
tonercartridge cost $80 and would print something like 15,000 pages.
$3500out the door, and I got it for $10, sans cables. Left it at the
oldplace when I went blind. Left the Bug, too. Damn, I loved that oldcar.
At least I haven't heard anything bad about Brother.
I'd prefer it was networked directly off the router's
parallelprinter port, actually. I plan on getting a LinkSys router so
I cando the Netfilter project biz, running something like iptables on
therouter itself. I have a bug up the bum for open-source software,
anddon't even trust pre-compiled binary packages.
especially now that Uncle Willie is trying to horn in on the GPL.
Thank you for the heads-up on the Brother. I'm willing to go as
high as $500 for something decent. More if it's an HP and built like a
tank. <grins> I figure that if it can scan, then it can fax via my
fax-modem. Any other bells and whistles are just redundant eye candy,
and go beyond Linux's layered approach to functionality and being able
to control everything from one console. Thank you,
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