A few weeks ago I picked up a Lexmark X9575 Wireless 4-in-1 printer, scanner, dicer, chopper, at Costco. It’s sat in the box, unopened, since then; not because I’m a lazy sloth (I am, but that’s another post, probably written by my wife), but rather because I looked up whether it was supported in Ubuntu. The forums say, it isn’t. So we wouldn’t be able to print from our Ubuntu-based Toshiba laptop in the living room.
We’ve also got Windows and Mac computers, in the house. And, eventually, we’ll have WiFi-enabled mobiles. (But not iPhones, because Rogers sucks is being unreasonable!) Ideally, all would be able to share the services of our printer.
That’s when I went back to Costco, and made a list of all their printers. Then I came home and (several days later) looked up one of the names on the list, to see if it supported Ubuntu. And sure enough, it did! So tomorrow, I’m returning the Lexmark X9575, and exchanging it for an HP Officejet Pro L7650.
By returning the Lexmark I’m voting with my dollars. By blogging about it, I’m letting them, and the world, know that Linux support is important to me. It should be important to you too.
Why should you care about Linux?
Because consumers need choice. And right now, you don’t really have choice. You’ve got Microsoft’s Windows Vista on the one hand, and Apple’s very expensive Mac on the other. Linux is your only other viable alternative. With your support it can bloom, into not just a full-featured free operating system, but one that even neophyte computer users can access with confidence.
So. What are you doing to be part of the solution?