The nightmarish problem of installing a printer

David Brodbeck gull at
Wed Sep 22 17:27:08 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM, Robert Bonomi <bonomi at> wrote:
> A) *THEY* developed the interface specifications. They license printer
> manufacurers to build to it.   They _would_ obejct if somebody used
> their technology to compete against them.
> B) As it is, to _use_ one of those printers, you *HAVE*TO*BY* a MS O/S.
>   if one could use those printers -without- a MS O/S, that is a
>   'provable' loss in MS O/S sales -- one sales loss for -each- non-MS
>   system that has such a printer attached.

If this were true, and there really were a big conspiracy on
Microsoft's part to make manufacturers only support Windows, then you
wouldn't see cheap printers that support both Windows and MacOS X.  In
reality, such printers are pretty easy to find.

Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by simple economics. ;)

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