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Re: Lexmark Z23 please?

I apologize for reposting.  By way of explanation, I had trouble w/ my mailserver provider, due to Typhoon Pongsona on Guam.  

Now, I did get the Lexmark z23 to print---and nicely---on my sid system. So I edited /etc/printcap to give the printer a more convenient name, and **POW** the printer is dead.  I re-edited again, and it's still dead.  I'm not really surprized, since I applied a "patchwork" of installation methods, including the foomatic lexmark kit, and the lexmark driver, and a well detailed installation instruction from debioan-user for the lexmark z22.  It worked WELL.  And the popup utility actually set the resolution nicely.  I'm pleased, to say the least.

What DOESN"T please me is that it's a proprietary driver.  This all brings me back to Richard Stallman's narratives on the birth of the FS movement, a proprietary printer driver, the screeching banshee from hell.  But after kludging with my HP 870 for five years, and never getting decent printing quality, I'm very happy to be able to access parameters---including paper quality, etc., etc.---through a utility.  Even paper size, which has been a bugaboo from time to time.

So it's a sweet and sour story, but not a paperweight, except for the driver.  Damn.  All you Lexmark engineers and executives, please hear my appeal...  (Yeah, RIGHT!)...  and release the code.

So now, I must reinstall.  Meanwhile, I suppose I'll need to repost, asking what possible effect can editing /etc/printcap have?  

I am now also installing cups, as if all of the above isn't complex enough.  There are some success stories.  

If I can work through all this, I'll post a followup.

Alan Davis
Marianas High School, 

On Wed, 11 Dec 2002 07:23:39 -0800
Paul Johnson <baloo@ursine.dyndns.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 11, 2002 at 11:26:32PM +1000, Alan Davis wrote:
> > Can anyone shed light on recent success with the Lexmark Z23.  
> Originally posted on...
> Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 23:15:29 +1000
> Dude!  Slow it down!  Mailing lists don't work that way.  If you need
> it done faster then, say, a week, hire a consultant, *don't* repost.
> If all the usual resources say it's a paperweight, chances are, it's a
> paperweight and you need to move on.
> -- 
>  .''`.     Baloo <baloo@ursine.dyndns.org>
> : :'  :    proud Debian admin and user
> `. `'`
>   `-  Debian - when you have better things to do than to fix a system

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