Bug #1536353 (Many Epson printers no longer work as of 16.04)

Richard Elkins richard.elkins at gmail.com
Mon May 9 22:56:16 UTC 2016

A reprint of message #31 in bug report #1536353 .....

I cannot understand why Xenial (16.04) dropped lsb in the first place 
given how much dependency exists. However, I have tried two of the 
suggested solutions and the printer-driver-escpr package provides basic 
printing functions for my Epson XP-410 (I lucked out).

I'll try to summarize this unhappy discussion:

1. Package printer-driver-escpr provides basic printer functions for 
some Epson printers but not all models.
2. Even when printer-driver-escpr succeeds, some Epson functions are 
missing (E.g. ink level inquiry).
3. Many (if not all) of the Epson site printer drivers are still 
dependent on lsb and its co-packages; customers have nearly zero 
leverage with Epson (I am still waiting for a 4-month-old request to 
them to stop using lsb functions). I have also called them and customer 
service "will get back to me".
4. There are other software (E.g. Google Earth) which needs lsb.

My request regarding the lsb packages of 15.10: PLEASE put them back 
into 16.04. They might be "outdated" in some peoples opinion but the 
users are at the mercy of 3rd party vendors who see no profit in 
expending energy in this regard.

Other thoughts?

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