On Successes In Linux
Posted by Ray
Something which I have been thinking about recently is the rate of successes for individual users in
Linux. For Linux as a whole, there have been numerous successes ranging from it’s growth into the mainstream (though there is still far to go) in the server world through to the desktop take up in the last few years. One thing that I would suggest has slowed is the individual users that can report their own successes.
Let me elaborate. Today I went out and bought an HP Deskjet F4280 all-in-one printer – it was on sale and I have needed a multifunction device for work and home for a long time. I went with HP because I have long been a fan of their printers and I know that their Linux support is excellent. I went with this model because I saw in the catalogue that it had Linux support (though it stated “web only”, I knew that it would work). I plugged it in, ran the command
sudo hp-setup and Kubuntu did the rest. I now have the printer working as well (or even better) as it would in Windows. I opened the HP toolbox and the scanner worked first time without errors. It was an absolutely pain-free experience and was much much quicker than the whole thing will be on Monday when I install it to my work laptop running XP.
On the one hand, that is a clear success – HP now supports Linux to the point that I can put a new printer on my system and have it work, literally, out-of-the-box. Enormous thanks to HP, to the coders who make this possible and to the community who have pushed hard over the years. All we need now is for other manufacturers to do the same. But, and this may sound ungrateful, where’s my success? I remember the days when, with massive amounts of Googling and help from communities, I was able to install and run fairly commonplace hardware and software. Instead, now, it’s all really easy. I am positive that I’m not alone in having things work really easily with no problems, but wonder if I am the only left with an empty feeling when I realise that all the work is now done for me?
Posted on 6 December, 2008, in Computer Stuff, Idiot's Journey, Open Source and tagged copy, copying, hewlett packard, hp, hplip, linux, printer, printing, scan, scanning, whining. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.