I am also looking for open-source print drivers to go with whichever Linux system. What is the GIMP-print project in layman terms? Any recommendations from personal experience would be appreciated. regards Just noticed the KOOL smilies/graemlins Here goes :
Dear Thomas, Your question probably needs a little more context info. However, let my tell my view in general. Among many linux distributions, Red Hat is more used in enterprises and Mandrake is more used in desktop PCs (just a rouch idea). Being a developer, so I decided to go for Red Hat. However, other distributions like Suse etc have their own merits anyway.
Hi HS The printer system used by RedHat has changed over the years. If you use one of the later releases (e.g. 9) then the Common UNIX Printer System (CUPS) will be installed. The CUPS distribution only provides sample drivers for HP and EPSON printers. However RedHat usually also ships the foomatic database which support 1094 printers. You can look for your printer on the http://www.linuxprinting.org/ web site (which is run on the same database). SuSE is a company based in Germany and offices in America, which builds a Linux distribution based on RedHat. If you live in Holland or Germany then this is quite likely to be your distribution of choice. I am not sure what chip you were thinking of. Regards, Andrew
HS Thomas,if you're new to Linux/Unix,you'll probably find Mandrake or SuSE easier to deal with,RedHat is ok too,but if you want to use it as your main desktop OS,be prepared to tweak it - they didn't include many useful programs because of licensing issues - for example you won't be able to listen to mp3 right out of the box (though it's easy to fix),also there's no "control center" in RH,so probably Mandrake (free download edition) would be the best choice. And you can definitely develop on any of those distros - all of them are nearly identical,use the same kernel (with different patches however). If you have some Linux experience or willing to spend some time reading manuals,I would suggest Slackware (my choice) or Crux,Gentoo or Debian unstable.These distributions offer more control and flexibility,as well as better performance. Andrew, SuSE isn't RedHat based,yes,it uses RPM,but it doesn't makes it RH-based,you can install rpm on virtually any distro. Also,here are some useful links on Linux stuff: http://www.distrowatch.com http://www.linuxiso.org (check out the forum) http://www.osnews.com And be sure to check out Knoppix - it's very handy when you need to rescue files from broken system,for example from ntfs partition.
Sorry, dont know where my brain goes sometimes. It was Mandrake that was originally based on RedHat. SuSE is a clean distribution based on the LSB (Linux Standards Base) Thanks for picking that up Greg. Regards, Andrew
Andrew, it was the Sparc architecture I was thinking of , when I said I thought SuSe was a processor. Greg, thanks , all that is totally new to me. I'll have to spend sometime going through all the links. Are these new distributions any cheaper ?
Hi HS The LinuxISO.org site that Greg gave you earlier has most of the ISO images for the major distributions. You can just copy them to your computer and burn them to CD yourself. All it costs you is the price of the blank CDs and the time taken to download. Hard to get cheaper than that. Regards, Andrew
Thanks Andrew. Andrew and Greg: I've got 2 machines now: - RedHat Linux and Mandrake - (don't ask , long story spanning 2 years). If I had to sacrifice one to try the new distributions which one would it be best to replace or can I have 2 systems running on one. regards
Hi HS If you have a spare partition on either machine, then you could install the new distribution there. If you dont have a spare partition then you might be able to make one using http://ext2resize.sourceforge.net/ if you have enough space. Failing that, then I would probably look at how useable the two existing systems are right now: replace the one that is less useable. An alternative decision maker would be: which machine has the better specs? The newer distributions need more power, memory and drive space than the old distributions (even just to do the installations). So the better your machine, the better your experience of the latest distro. Regards, Andrew