Canon printer and TurboPrint

Polytropon freebsd at
Thu May 28 09:12:06 UTC 2009

On Wed, 27 May 2009 13:37:06 -0400, Jerry <gesbbb at> wrote:
> 2) The technology exists, as demonstrated by Microsoft, to easily
> configure a printer.

It's because MICROS~1 are part of the system that builds the
concepts for the printers, and the printers itself. Because
of their monopoly positzion, they can say: "If you build a
printer, make drivers for our 'Windows', and it will sell
well. If you make drivers for FreeBSD, which doesn't exist,
then it won't sell."

By the way, having to use CDs or DVDs to install printer
drivers anlong with loads of crapware (that is usually
included) doesn't make the situation better. I prefer the
system that FreeBSD uses: You install ONE (!) printer
system that supports all (standard compliant) printers,
and you don't have to do any more work. On a system with
no printer, you install nothing. On a system where the
printer is changed, you don't need to deinstall driver A
and install driver B, you simply alter the printer system's

> Having to perform Herculean tasks, load extra
> software; i.e. cups for instance, etc is not productive.

CUPS isn't extra software in my opinions. Printer drivers are.
Because they are required to make a thing working that does
not conform to standards that would have made it work "out
of the box".

> 4) My time is valuable. I don't feel like wasting it trying to get a
> printer to work correctly when it is easier to do on a Win32 box. It
> is not time well spent.

Time spent learning is always worth spending. Remember that "we
who have learned to get things working" are always called when
troubles arise, and we are paid to do so. :-)

>From Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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