Re: Bug#433555: ITP: cnijfilter -- Canon inkjet printer drivers for CUPS
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At Wed, 18 Jul 2007 22:12:06 +0100,
Roger Leigh wrote:
> Nikolaus Schulz <email@example.com> writes:
> > * License : partly GPL, partly non-free
> > Description : Canon inkjet printer drivers for CUPS
> > This driver provides printing functions for Canon inkjet printers
> > operating under the CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) environment.
> How does this compare with the Canon driver included in the most
> recent Gutenprint upload (5.0.1)? This is a completely
> reverse-engineered driver, but it's free software and has improved
> dramatically in recent months.
Canon driver has a feature to communicate with printer and take
more informations than other free drivers, such as the status of
toner. Plus there is a GUI to see printer status easily (though
it uses GTK+1).
Unfortunately, the quality of Canon's code is totally very poor.
In my experience, many bugs hide behind the proprietary side.
Their code targets only i386. Although I asked Canon before,
they answered they hadn't any plan to open its code or provide
for other architectures such as amd64.
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