Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Buying a New Laser Printer

I have had my Samsung CLP-510 for many years. As you know, I run Linux, because of its greater ability to snatch and convert movies! Also, it keeps old computers running forever. But, it is really rotten for cheapo devices that work only with Windows. That's why I usually have a couple of windows machines around. For example, I bought a Lexmark x9350 for the daughter, and Lexmark hates Linux! Their products are called 'paperweights' by the Linux crowd. So if I use the scanner, I always have to route through a windows machine.

Now, the old clp-510 has its own language, but their is a flaky Linux driver for it, called Splix. As well, this is a usb printer, so I use a cheap, flaky network print server box. It has worked for me over the years, but it regularly gets a big heart attack, and I have to reinstall everything to get it to work.

What if I had a standards-compliant Postscript machine? Or in other words, when would Adobe offer their drivers to cheapie printers? They finally did, and the Samsung clp-350n is my new printer. I'll be able to hook it up to the network, and print from any machine! I haven't found a standard network scanner yet, but perhaps one day.

9 comments:

Harbles said...

I don't know from Linux but I found this from Mr Google which seems to be the deal for scanners on a network in Linux.
SANE

Harold Asmis said...

I've used Sane for an old attached HP scanner and it worked well. But these new scanners and all-in-ones are joined to windows.

Harold Asmis said...

Poopies! That printer is discontinued, probably because of the expensive postscript. Now I have to look again.

Harbles said...

Howzabout dis one!

Harbles said...

OK never mind that one monochrome.
U want color.
How bout the clp-315?

Tiger Direct has.

Harbles said...

Doh No post script. oh well.

Harbles said...

And Ghostscript doesn't help you?

Harold Asmis said...

The printer needs to understand postscript. Otherwise you need translators, and this is messy. Anyway I've canceled my order, and I don't think I'll find such a printer. Adobe must squeeze too much.

sen said...

You can check this out. HL-4070CDW Multifunction Printer. I am using it. Its great.