Question about Lexmark X5470 All-In-One InkJet Printer
I have a X5470, I bought 2 years ago when I used Windows XP only.
Now I am moving to Linux as this OS covers all my needs.
I am diaspointed Lexmark do not provide drivers for this OS.
I know many other printers manufacturers are doing same but unofficial drivers have been developped by Linux community.
I am sure you can help Linux programmers to develop drivers with minimum efforts from your side. Doing so would greatly improve Lexmark reputation in Linux community.
I hope to be able to use my X5470 under Linux soon, or should I consider buying an other printer ?
There is no linux driver for this, and it is doubtful that you will find one that will work produced by a third party. Not much of a solution, but I hope it will keep you from wasting your time.
So, if you want to use linux then I would suggest buying another printer.
Lexmark has recently begun providing linux drivers for some of their inkjet printers, starting with the X2600 series (X2650, etc)(print/scan/copy), and the Z2300 Series (printer with no scanner). Let's hope that this is the beginning of a trend.
Of course, Lexmark laser printers are all linux compatible.
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
First: Shouldn't you have addressed you comments to Lexmark?
This is a site where questions are answered by people from all over the world - I doubt that there is anyone answering questions here who works for Lexmark.
Note: I totally agree with you on the fact that manufacturers should produce Linux drivers - but here's the rub - there are so many versions of Linux that a manufacturer would need to write so many versions of a driver that it would be uneconomical. It would be much easier if there were fewer versions of Linux (at least only a few core versions - say Debian and RedHat only) rather than every version of Linux requiring it's own software and drivers etc.
And yes it would be good for Manufacturers to release the code to anyone who asked for it - but where is the Commercial Security in that?
I like Linux - but I think it is about 10 years away from being a mature and user friendly Operating system. The primary need for Linux programmers is to start using Standards when developing their OS. Think of this problem as an analogy - It wouldn't matter what size or design wheel was created if it used the same axle bearings and hub as everyone else. It could still be put on the cart and used.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Posted on May 14, 2008
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