Is it time to retire the scanner ?

Gerard Seibert carmel_ny at outlook.com
Sat Oct 22 13:27:21 UTC 2016


On Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:38:43 +0000, Manish Jain stated:

> But ideally I would like everything working under FreeBSD natively -
> I do not want my hardware to be dependent on Redmond at all.

That is probably not going to happen anytime soon. WIFI is a great
example. Support for the 802.11n protocol is hard to find. Support for
those listed below is virtually nonexistent.

802.11ac
802.11ad
802.11af
802.11ah
802.11ai
802.11aj
802.11aq
802.11ax
802.11ay

True, many of them are not standard yet, but even when they become
mainstream, FreeBSD will probably lag far behind other systems in
supporting them.

I have a Win10 machine that I use because it supports my printers,
scanners, etcetera. In simple terms, "It Just Works".

WinXP is extremely old, and drivers written that will work reliable on
that OS are going to become harder to find. That is why I used the free
update path to Win10 last year. It allows me to run peripherals that
don't run well, it at all, under FreeBSD. Personally, I got sick and
tired of purchasing quality printers, scanners, etcetera only to find
that they either would not function or functioned in a degraded fashion.

-- 
Carmel


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