Re: Linux is NOT ready for the desktop!!! Sorry folks.
Yes, but not very practical. If someone is starting from scratch, then they can pick their distro and their hardware. Ah, a perfect world!
As for the printer, get a new one or write the manufacturer. Vote with your wallet.
Most people haven't got that luxury. They have already bought their computer, and their peripherals, and they want to try Linux. That shouldn't be too unreasonable a desire.
Of course, in future, Dr E might consider buying linux compatible hardware - but I wouldn't be surprised if he chose to buy based upon economics rather than linux evangalism.
EDIT - Yes, I'm going now!
When someone says 'I cannot do this in Linux, the limitation is not in the software, but simply in their knowledge.'
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