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10.6: Possible solution for printing to HP Deskjet 990cxi
Authored by: Sven G on Nov 13, '09 01:15:58AM

Why don't HP - or Apple, or others - simply port their excellent HPLIP Linux printing suite to Mac OS X? There would be instant and almost full compatibility with many "old" printers and multifunction devices!

For example, I also have an OfficeJet G85 (connected through USB: and this is probably the source of the problem), which works perfectly in Windows and Linux (with HPLIP), but has never worked in Mac OS X 10.5.x and 10.6.x (no official HP drivers anymore): the Gutenprint and/or HPIJS drivers theoretically should work for printing, but in practice there is no output from the printer (or the queue hangs forever waiting for the device); known problems, but with no solution sofar.

Would it be so difficult and time-consuming to port the complete HPLIP suite to Mac OS X (IIRC, there had even been some attempts to do this some years ago, also on the MacPorts front)...?



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10.6: Possible solution for printing to HP Deskjet 990cxi
Authored by: satcomer on Nov 14, '09 07:52:31AM

Well The Linux drivers have been ported to a Mac. Just use the web page:

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/openprinting/macosx/hpijs#HPIJS_for_Mac_OS_X



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10.6: Possible solution for printing to HP Deskjet 990cxi
Authored by: Sven G on Nov 14, '09 09:05:04AM

Yes, of course I know that; but HPIJS is only a subset of HPLIP: for example, with HPIJS you only get basic printing (if it works) with multifuntion devices, while with HPLIP (sofar only on Linux) you get full or almost full functionality (similarly to the proprietary HP Mac OS X drivers and software).

If HPLIP were available for Mac OS X, old multifunction devices - such as the OfficeJet G85 and others - could be used not only for printing, but also for scanning and even faxing on some models.

Maybe it is also the USB implementation on Mac OS X that has delayed such a full port of HPLIP - who knows...?



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