On Thursday 30 July 2009 23:04:47 Kevin Kofler wrote:
Anne Wilson wrote:
> If you try to run hp-setup as user it tells you that it *must* be run as
> root. This is a one-time run.
Fun, run e.g. hp-toolbox as root and it will tell you you must not run it
as root (well, first it tells you you should not, then it errors because of
another root check somewhere else). hp-setup on the other hand won't even
run as a regular user (I think years will pass until HP gets wind about
things like PolicyKit).
Those decisions are sensible. You want setup to be system-wide. Toolbox is
user-level. Fair enough.
But at least HP is releasing their source code
under a Free Software license unlike most other manufacturers… Still, the
hp-setup tool is entirely useless as all its functionality is already
provided by our own tools (system-config-printer resp.
system-config-printer-kde). hp- toolbox (and hp-systray which it starts
too), while providing some unique and very much necessary functionality
(ink cartridge maintenance – IIRC, some time ago there was some movement to
provide a unified interface for that in CUPS to avoid all the
manufacturer-specific tools (there are similar tools for printers from some
other manufacturers, though usually community- written unlike hp-toolbox),
I hope that common interface will get completed and implemented in the UIs
at some point) also duplicates some functionality of other tools already
provided in Fedora and other distributions.
Sorry Kevin, but your are being blinkered. S-c-p has its place, but it is not
as good as hplip for these devices. You use what you like and leave us to use
what we like.
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