[K12OSN] OT: Query - Top Five Laptops

Krsnendu dasa krsnendu108 at gmail.com
Mon May 19 23:25:53 UTC 2008

Be careful of the ppd files they provide. I had big problems using the
one they had for MFC7420. I found a ppd for a similar printer provided
in CUPS was much better.

2008/5/20 Steven Santos <steven at simplycircus.com>:
> I just bought a Brother HL2170W B&W laser printer.  It has PDD drivers for
> CUPS.  Check out:
> http://solutions.brother.com/linux/sol/printer/linux/cups_drivers.html
>  _____
> Steven Santos
> Director, Simply Circus, Inc.
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com]On
>> Behalf Of "Terrell Prudé Jr."
>> Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 12:13 PM
>> To: Support list for open source software in schools.
>> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] OT: Query - Top Five Laptops
>> Vince Callaway wrote:
>> > I pretty much setup the OS for people that are switching.  With ubuntu
>> > the nvidia driver performs very well and desktop effects work better.
>> >
>> I do the setup for switchers as well.  Desktop effects (I assume you
>> mean Compiz Fusion-type stuff) work very well with Intel video, too.  I
>> have one running Kubuntu Hardy, and I've got all the Compiz stuff turned
>> on.  It's great.
>> > The desktop effects give a wow factor that people like.  It really helps
>> > to have that to get people, especially young people interested.  With
>> > ubuntu it is only a matter of clicking a checkbox to enable the driver.
>> >
>> Once again...with *Ubuntu*...and *only* *Ubuntu*.  Not Fedora, not Red
>> Hat, not CentOS, and definitely not K12LTSP.
>> You're certainly right about the eye candy.  That's exactly why I always
>> go Intel video now.  To get that "wow factor," you don't even have to do
>> that extra Ubuntu click, regardless of distro.  It's automatic, i. e.
>> during the installation.
>> > It does not bother me that it is a proprietary driver.  Just the
>> > opposite.
>> It should.  On several levels.
>> > It means the company has made an investment in supporting
>> > Linux.  I feel I should encourage the use of their products.
>> >
>> Then please do encourage the use of Intel video.  They're giving true
>> support, not what nVidia does.  And when the AMD/ATI cards work
>> seamlessly in X.org (should be by the end of the year now that the
>> programming docs are public), encourage the use of AMD/ATI, too.
>> > Another company I encourage the use of is Brother printers.  They
>> > provide full drivers for the printers and all-in-ones.
>> >
>> Full *Windows* drivers, maybe.  Brother is notorious for being
>> anti-Linux, almost as bad as Broadcom.  HP's, on the other hand, work
>> out of the box with *any* distro.  I set up an HP all-in-one for my Dad
>> with CentOS 5, and things Just Worked.  No having to hunt around some
>> vendor's Web site, either; it works "out of the box" with the distro.
>> *That's* the kind of vendor that I support.  Right on, HP!
>> > I've installed several of the low end MFC-240c's for use as dedicated
>> > scanners.  Right now they are on sale at frys for something like $60.
>> > You are not going to find a scanner with a document feeder that works as
>> > well any cheaper.  The laser printers with built in network jack are
>> > also a real bargain.  Great for a low budget classroom
>> Decent HP all-in-ones are about the same price.  We don't have Fry's out
>> my way (they're West Coast, right?), but it sounds kinda like our Micro
>> Center out here.
>> BTW, no, I'm not an Intel employee, though I sure wish I'd bought their
>> stock in the 1980's.  :-)  I just know what works "out of the box" with
>> Linux, and right now, they're it.  Hopefully we'll have other options as
>> well in the coming months.
>> --TP
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