Proprietary Driver Trouble Again

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. This is why hardware vendors should stick to hardware, and not try to do
    software as well
    <http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/181282/hp_says_some_windows_7_printer_drivers_are_coming.html>:
    people with HP printers purchased as recently as last year are discovering
    that HP will not make Windows-Seven-compatible drivers available for them.

    Every dollar spent by the hardware vendor on a driver means a dollar less in
    profit, particularly if it’s a model that’s not being made any more, which
    means there isn’t even the incentive of selling more units to encourage
    driver development.

    In the open-source world, the hardware vendors just release the specs, and
    leave the job of providing the drivers to software folks with expertise in
    that kind of thing. Compare the list of Xs in this compatibility list
    <http://h41112.www4.hp.com/promo/win7web/printer-support/us/en/laserjet.html>
    with the open-source HPLIP, which “supports 1,949 HP printer models so it's
    more than likely your HP printer is supportedâ€
    <http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html>.
     
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 30, 2009
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  2. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    peterwn Guest

    On Nov 30, 8:27 pm, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l...@geek-
    central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:

    And this implies lots of perfectly good hardware going into the
    rubbish because of such incompatibilities.

    High time, for the sake of the environment, that the Government took
    full control of Government IT (schools and universities included) and
    stop being led around by the nose by Micro$oft and its cronies
    (Impossible included).
     
    peterwn, Nov 30, 2009
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  3. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    Simon Guest

    On Dec 1, 9:15 am, peterwn <> wrote:
    > On Nov 30, 8:27 pm, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l...@geek-
    >
    > central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
    >
    > And this implies lots of perfectly good hardware going into the
    > rubbish because of such incompatibilities.
    >
    > High time, for the sake of the environment, that the Government took
    > full control of Government IT (schools and universities included) and
    > stop being led around by the nose by Micro$oft and its cronies
    > (Impossible included).


    What specific steps are you proposing that the Government take on this
    matter?
     
    Simon, Nov 30, 2009
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  4. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    peterwn Guest

    On Dec 1, 12:26 pm, Allistar <> wrote:
    > Simon wrote:
    > > On Dec 1, 9:15 am, peterwn <> wrote:
    > >> On Nov 30, 8:27 pm, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l...@geek-

    >
    > >> central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:

    >
    > >> And this implies lots of perfectly good hardware going into the
    > >> rubbish because of such incompatibilities.

    >
    > >> High time, for the sake of the environment, that the Government took
    > >> full control of Government IT (schools and universities included) and
    > >> stop being led around by the nose by Micro$oft and its cronies
    > >> (Impossible included).

    >
    > > What specific steps are you proposing that the Government take on this
    > > matter?

    >
    > The government should stay well clear of this. It's none of their business.
    > Though if they insist on making it their business (as they do), then they
    > should use as little taxpayer money as possible.
    > --
    > A.


    This is like saying that the Government should cave into 'Big Pharma'
    demands and let doctors prescribe what and how they like and to hell
    with the long suffering taxpayer.
     
    peterwn, Dec 1, 2009
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  5. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    peterwn Guest

    On Dec 1, 4:18 pm, Allistar <> wrote:
    > peterwn wrote:
    > > On Dec 1, 12:26 pm, Allistar <> wrote:
    > >> Simon wrote:
    > >> > On Dec 1, 9:15 am, peterwn <> wrote:
    > >> >> On Nov 30, 8:27 pm, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l...@geek-

    >
    > >> >> central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:

    >
    > >> >> And this implies lots of perfectly good hardware going into the
    > >> >> rubbish because of such incompatibilities.

    >
    > >> >> High time, for the sake of the environment, that the Government took
    > >> >> full control of Government IT (schools and universities included) and
    > >> >> stop being led around by the nose by Micro$oft and its cronies
    > >> >> (Impossible included).

    >
    > >> > What specific steps are you proposing that the Government take on this
    > >> > matter?

    >
    > >> The government should stay well clear of this. It's none of their
    > >> business. Though if they insist on making it their business (as they do),
    > >> then they should use as little taxpayer money as possible.

    >
    > > This is like saying that the Government should cave into 'Big Pharma'
    > > demands

    >
    > You mean a monopoly uphelp by the government via Pharmac?
    >
    > > and let doctors prescribe what and how they like

    >
    > I wouldn't imaging a doctor would stay a doctor very long if they prescribed
    > the wrong stuff to people.
    >


    And how many people have died or remained unwell from being prescribed
    generics or less expensive substitutes instead of expensive
    propriatary medicines. OK, there are a few problems in odd cases,
    but nothing endemic.
     
    peterwn, Dec 1, 2009
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