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HP LaserJet 6P under Ubuntu

Because Arnold Pilon is migrating his workplace to Apple, I could get his old PC and peripherals for free. Among its peripherals was an old HP LaserJet 6P, still perfectly working.

My sister didn’t have a printer yet. I was surprised that installing it on her Ubuntu machine was simply a matter of selecting the printer type from a list. I wonder: is this thanks to CUPS? Can I expect this to work in all distros that include CUPS these days?

Anyway, the printer works and the scanner too (of which I forgot to jot down the type). The scanner was supported by Xane without requiring any configuration. When it comes to hardware configuration, open source operating systems often beat those from Redmond.


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      Comment by halfgaar
      On January 30, 2010 at 12:24

      When it comes to hardware configuration, open source operating systems often beat those from Redmond.

      Except when you’re trying to install a state of the art server using a net-install of Debian and the network controller isn’t supported yet…

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      Comment by Rowan Rodrik
      On January 30, 2010 at 16:12

      When it comes to hardware configuration, open source operating systems often beat those from Redmond.

      Except when you’re trying to install a state of the art server using a net-install of Debian and the network controller isn’t supported yet…

      Ugh! 😕

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      Comment by Rowan Rodrik
      On January 30, 2010 at 16:13

      BTW, halfgaar, how do you like the new comment preview?

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      Comment by halfgaar
      On January 30, 2010 at 19:30

      I hadn’t tested it yet. But the Ajax seems nice. A waiting animation would be nice though, because it creates the impression it’s hanging.

      One thing though, about the auto-resize. Maybe the minimum size should be fixed, so that it doesn’t shrink when you start typing.

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      Comment by Rowan Rodrik
      On January 31, 2010 at 01:01

      I agree about the waiting animation and have noticed the lack of it myself; I’ll add it to my to-do now.

      The auto-resizing of the textarea below the original number of rows is kind of annoying, I agree. I’m using a jQuery plugin for it. My own good ol’ non-jQuery textarea auto-resize JavaScript code did respect the original height. Another to-do I guess.