Linux Lumps

I have two problems to report in using Linux.

The first involved printing an Adobe Acrobat file. The file
began as a WordPerfect file emailed to me from another worker.
The file was then forwarded to another person who, I believe,
inserted an image of their signature into the file, converted it
into an Acrobat file and emailed that back to me.

Although the file displays fine, printing it results in a
series of boxes, rather than text. I’ve tried various printer
drivers but the problem may be in the Adobe Acrobat fonts. If so,
as far as I know, there’s not a whole lot I can do. So I booted
into Windows and printed the file there. Otherwise, other Acrobat
files seem to print fine.

As an aside, when installing the printer, Xandros indicated
the “hpoj” driver would be a better fit than the HP 2200 that was
the default for my HP LaserJet 2200d. However, nowhere did it say
how to install this driver. In order to do so, you have to use
Xandros Network to search for the hpoj driver. Once found,
install it. Once installed, you have to run, at the command line,
the following:

/etc/init.d/hpoj setup

The command line install will then ask you a bunch of
questions, the answers of which depends on how your system is
configured. Once done with the command line setup, you then have
to go to Launch -> Control Center -> Peripheral Devices
-> Printers -> Add -> Local Printer. The wizard
continues but what you need to do is add the hpoj driver.
Unfortunately, it didn’t solve the problem with the Acrobat file
but at least I have the hpoj loaded. But I digress.

The second problem is using my scanner. I have a Visioneer
OneTouch 9120 USB scanner. However, there does not appear to be a
Linux driver for this scanner. I checked out the SANE scanner site and
found Visioneer is not supported. I checking other sites and it
appears that it comes down to I am out of luck and should instead
buy an Epson, almost any Epson. The moral of this story is check
the SANE project site first before buying a scanner for
Linux.

As another aside, I am using HTML-Kit, an HTML
editor running under CodeWeavers/Wine. Unfortunately, HTML-Kit is
not a supported application and routinely blows up. That said, it
appears better suited for how I create my daily posts than any
other HTML editor I’ve tried. All I need is something to create
the post and then check for HTML syntax errors. That it does
well. The spell checker also works, but that is a bonus because
all I want is something to check my short posts, not something to
create a multi-page site or something that gets in the way by
creating crufty, non-standards compliant HTML.

In any case, I’m still here and still using Xandros Linux. But
I have to switch over to Windows every once in awhile when I find
problems like the two above.

Aloha!

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2 responses to “Linux Lumps

  1. Somehow I wonder why HTML Kit doesn’t run on Linux

  2. In my experience, printing under Linux has been a consistent PITA. Depending upon the printer you’re trying to use, it can be easy or next to impossible. E.g., HP DeskJets are very easy to setup. My Samsung ML-1710 was not, even with the installer file provided by Samsung. This was in SUSE 9.2.

    CUPS sucks. APS filter, as used by Slackware is a bit better, IMO.

    Trying to get network printing working was a cast iron beotch. I finally gave up. When I consulted with a friend who’s the senior UNIX architect at a large financial institution, he recommend HP JetDirect print servers for network printing instead of endlessly dicking around with CUPS or LPR.

    IMHO, configuring printers in Linux beyond basic functionality is one of the biggest impediments to more widespread adoption, especially for desktop/laptop use.

    Between the printing issue and the fact that I now need to run some Windows apps, I wound up reformatting my home desktop’s HDD and installing XP Pro (gack). It’s a PITA to keep secure but I can print locally or from other machines on my LAN, and run the app to program my ham radio.

    When it comes to replace my Athlon box at home, I’m buying a Mac to go along with my iBook. I’ve come to the conclusion that Macs really do give you the best of both worlds: BSD UNIX for power users + the easiest to use UI. I’m willing to pay for that.