[sf-lug] cups under Ubuntu
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Aug 26 09:01:14 PDT 2008
[Looks like accidental departure offlist into private mail. So:]
Quoting David Rosenstrauch (darose at darose.net):
> Well, I think it's obvious I'm not suggesting someone go and install
> KDE, Qt, etc. just so they can use the KDE printer util. I figured
> everyone here was smart enough to understand that there was an implicit
> "if you're a KDE user" caveat in front of it.
Apologies if I sounded cranky about that: I was just really short on
time. Yes, the "if it's already present because it's a KDE
installation" would have made yours a stronger point, and I probably
should have said "that's a bit of an extreme measure putting all of that
software in _unless_ you're a KDE user."
And I'm pretty sure I recall that Alex isn't one, by the way.
> Have no idea what specific reliability issue you're referring to here.
> I've been configuring printers via KDE for several years and never had
> it "not work at all".
Well, the specific context is helping someone who's trying to make
printer configuration work but something mysterious is breaking. In
such a situation, it's strongly in the user's interest to use the
simplest, least dependency-laden tools available, to reduce the number
of variables. That happens to be one of the most important, most often
resisted lessons I try to teach people: When you're attempting
diagnosis, simplicity and reduction of suspect count is your friend.
Additional complications and suspects -- and, in particular, adding
larger and additional layers of software -- cause retrograde motion and
are The Wrong Thing to do.
 Off-topic, but I was busy finally writing this essay:
"Kudzu and the California Marriage Amendment",
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