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Bug#460228: tasksel: please remove hplip from the desktop task

On Mon, Jan 14, 2008 at 10:13:08PM +0100, Per Olofsson wrote:
> > Well, first of all, I understand that discover-data doesn't actually do any
> > of this extra package installation yet.  Second, where the drivers and
> > backends are concerned, the point to installing it by default in the desktop
> > task is to let Debian work out-of-the-box as a desktop in scenarios where
> > installing extra packages is inconvenient.  Clearly Debian is a /better/
> > proposition where bandwidth is readily available (or you have a full CD set
> > on hand), but I think for things like hardware enablement we should strive
> > to work out-of-the-box without any need to grab additional packages the
> > first time the printer is plugged in.

> But even without hplip, you get at least basic support for these HP printers.
> The question is whether the extra features provided by hplip is enough to
> warrant its inclusion in the standard desktop.

Last I knew, the USB devices didn't like being shared between multiple
processes.  The hplip daemon is necessary in order to broker access to the
scanner and printer functionality in an orderly fashion.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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