Bug #1536353 (Many Epson printers no longer work as of 16.04)
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 They might be "outdated" in some peoples opinion but the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.
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