[sf-lug] (forw) Re: new Epson printer. whee.

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Mar 25 23:19:39 PDT 2010

Seemingly intended to be posted.

----- Forwarded message from Bobbie Sellers <bliss at sfo.com> -----

Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 22:46:49 -0700
From: Bobbie Sellers <bliss at sfo.com>
To: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] new Epson printer. whee.

Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Bobbie Sellers (bliss at sfo.com):
>> I ran into some problems with libgtk and pipslite-wrapper
>> but I finally ran across some information that Gutenprint
>> would work without the pipslite-wrapper and it did!
> "pipslite" is a proprietary, binary-only printing driver set that one
> can download from Avasys or (presumably) Epson.  One would select the
> NX515 PPD.  As a minor version of dependency hell, one also needs the
> libltdl3 package (or whatever it's called for one's distro of choice).

It seems it has to be compiled from source code with a patch
which you have to find searching the groups on the subject.

> The open source alternative is, as you say, Gutenprint.
> The proprietary TurboPrint driver set also works.
> For the scanner functions, the SANE project supports the Epson Stylus
> NX515 using the sane-epson2 backend ("driver").  That is, the
> _development_ version of SANE does; this printer/scanner is so new that
> the ordinary stable release of SANE reportedly doesn't support it at
> all (but, of course, you can try).
> I notice that you can reach the printer three ways:  USB, ethernet, and
> wireless (802.11g/n).

Yes and I merely used a spare usb cable.  I might try to go wireless
eventually but I wanted to get this running, with as little delay as
might be.

>> This Epson printer is on sale thru Saturday at Office Depot.
>> It doesn't use an external power supply and it is not much
>> bigger than my old HP.
> But it is going to cost quite a lot per page, in ink cartridge supplies.
> Going by experience, you're going to replace the colour cartridge most
> often -- and please note that the printer will refuse to work unless you
> have ink in both the B/W and colour cartridges.

There their are higher capacity cartriges in both color and
black.  It will not be cheap but few things are but consider
that this printer is a scanner and I am sure I can get it
to work.

But I am too tired to stay up longer.

Good evening to all.
Bobbie Sellers

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