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General Discussion / Re: To Samsung or not to Samsung?
« on: October 31, 2014, 16:31:52 »
I have had a Bad experience trying to purchase a $200 HP MFP (and Lexmark network laser Printer). Apparently, you need to move to the $400-$600 price-point to avoid "dumb" printers. Note: the Lexmark was essentially a $400 printer that prohibited using re-manufactured cartridges.

It boggles the mind that the interface for such stupid printers would even be secret.

Edit: To be fair, the Samsung binary driver also prohibits installation on more than one computer. My concern was that the Binary driver is required for some models. About all you can do is look for PCL5 or PostScript support (which implies a more powerful/expensive printer).
Quote from: Samsung ULD_V1.00.27.04.tar.gz /uld/noarch/license/eula.txt
The SOFTWARE PRODUCT is licensed, not sold. Subject to the condition that you are in compliance with the terms of this EULA, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS grants you the following licenses: (a) you may install and use one copy of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, or any prior version for the same operating system, on a single computer for use by a single simultaneous operator; and (b) you may install a single copy of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT, strictly for your own personal use, on one portable computer owned by you. No other use, copying or distribution of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT is permitted. Your use of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT shall be subject to restrictions and limitations as specified in this EULA. ..,
Except to the extent such a restriction is unenforceable under local law, you may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SOFTWARE PRODUCT. The SOFTWARE PRODUCT is licensed as a single product, and its component parts may not be separated for use on more than one computer. Except to the extent such a restriction is unenforceable under local law, you may not modify, amend, or create derivative works of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.  ...
(Bold mine.)

Essentially, you are only allowed to use common network printers with one computer (2 if you have a laptop as well). The prohibition on reverse engineering makes it difficult to document the printer interface for writing restriction-free drivers.

Scanning / SANE sane-xerox_mfp backend works with some Samsung models
« on: October 31, 2014, 16:18:29 »

When searching for instructions on how to get scanning on my room-mate's Samsung MFP to work under Linux, I mainly came across instructions on how to install the Samsung Binary Drivers. I specifically looked over the alternatives page before giving up.

The problem with binary drivers is that they are potential spy-ware that can compromise your machine. They are also pre-compiled for common architectures, discouraging the use of odd-ball ones such as MIPSel. There is also the problem where support for older printers is often dropped. Finally, installing software from random websites is a bad habit that can easily break or compromise your system.

Searching with the term "Samsung" on the SANE Supported Scanners - Search Engine , I learned that the sane-xerox_mfp back-end appears to support many Samsung MFP devices: including the one I was trying to use. As of this writing, I only got it to work over the USB bus (not the network).

PS: I accidentally downloaded the MacOS Scanning drivers from the Samsung website. Those archives are around 60MB, rather than 15-23MB for the Linux and Windows Binaries. I wonder if MacOS drivers include human-readable code, suitable for documenting the interface without "reverse engineering".

PPS: This forum appears to disallow more than 3 links. I deleted four one link in order to post. The 403 error message is terse:
Quote from: forum

You don't have permission to access /suldr/forum/index.php on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

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