20 Oct 2000 gtaylor   » (Master)

So I've done a week here at the new job. We've got 10 people sharing a modem, which made my Debian install take forever, but all else being equal, things are looking good here.

There's a disturbing Windows-ness to the place; people don't want to think about it, so they default to pushing two buttons on a Windows 2000 box and moving on to more important things like what we're going to build and such. I've got to arrange for veto power over the IT guy when we hire one. Never solve by elbow grease what you can solve with politics...


Some fellow posted an open letter to raph containing the same "don't require GNOME for Ghostscript" thought the rest of us all got over weeks ago. My take: the Ghostscript X11 driver sucks. Raph's libart has the code needed to fix it; end of story. The equivalent code in KDE is part of the Qt library, which would be even less politically feasible to link in, and which is or will soon be not as good as libart and the other GNOME canvas things. Politics aside, Ghostscript will continue to run fine sans GNOME and KDE forever. All this agitation is wasted.

Also on LinuxToday was a sort of HP sux/OfficeJet's don't work rant. Many OfficeJets do work, although truth be told I would be uncomfortable saying "HP doesn't suck". My Multifunction Peripheral Association convention presentation on Linux and multifunctions is next Tuesday in Boston; comments are welcome. A suitable free software developer would also be welcome as a partner-in-evangelism.

No sooner do I post than someone publishes a book. O'Reilly has put out Network Printing. I read the sample LPRng chapter, and examined the toc/index. The LPRng chapter is short but a useful beginning, although any serious use will involve reading the extensive and excellent LPRng documentation to fill in the missing pieces. The book as a whole is broad, rather than deep, and appears to be a good fit for people in heterogeneous environments. It does not, however, appear to be broad enough to fit free Unix housen well; CUPS, PDQ, PPR, magicfilter, libppd, yast, printtool, or GNOME and KDE tools are not mentioned at all. My database does show in the index as the "PHT Support Database", which is good, although I have no idea what they said about it.

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