OT: printer support [was: Re: Should I add this Repo?]

Chris Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Mon Oct 27 21:21:39 UTC 2008

Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
> Obviously we disagree and you seem to be ignoring the fact that my printer is brand new and the drivers are not downstream yet. True, HP has the drivers in most distros if not all but I wouldn't spend my money for one of their low printing quality, high priced, ink grubbing printers. I'd stay with Epson before that. I did read all your reasons listed below and on your previous posts and think you might be doing Brother a discredit. Personally, I was very pleased that I was able to install my printer from Brother's site when the new drivers were not downstream yet. I still call that great support even with the --force-architecture.

The point you seem to miss is that we are not discussing the quality of
the driver here. However excellent it may be, or how  ever new the
hardware is (the fact is isn't yet upstream is not an excuse), it
doesn't excuse creating a package that requires the use of --forceXXX to
install. I agree with Mario that this should *never* really be necessary.

Given that the 32 bit version works fine, it really would not be any
effort at all to create a '64 bit version' containing the same binaries,
that installs without the force option.


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