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>> Has anyone gotten ghostscript to work with this printer? This is on a
>> Redhat 5.1 box.
> If you get a solution to this problem could you post it here? I'm
> currently looking to buy a laser printer to use with my machine which
> I use both for win95 and linux. I was looking at the Okipage 6e and the
> NEC Superscript 870 and leaning toward the NEC. If it doesn't work with
> linux though, it sure would be good for me to know before I buy. Thanks.
I'd suggest you lean the other way. The Okidata 6e is a PCL 5e printer,
according to the web page, which means that it *SHOULD* work with the
Ghostscript ljet4 driver for 600 dpi output (though the mechanism is
actually 300x1200 dpi, which means that it's got to do some translation
from the ljet4's 600x600 dpi output, and this will inevitably degrade the
quality a bit). I've heard of predecessors to the 6e working fine with
this sort of setup, but I've not actually seen printouts from them when
driven this way.
The NEC 870, OTOH, supports PrintGear (which isn't supported by
Ghostscript) for 600 dpi output and PCL 4.5 for 300 dpi output. This
latter SHOULD work with other Ghostscript LaserJet drivers, but only at
300 dpi. Buying such a printer for Linux use, IMHO, sends the wrong
message to the manufacturers, and of course gives you inferior quality.
I'd only consider such a printer if the price were substantially below
that of competing models, and even then I'd have qualms about buying it.
Other printers to consider in that price range include the Lexmark Optra
E+, the HP LaserJet 6L, and the Brother HL-760. The Lexmark's a nice
model and supports more expansion options than most of the others. The
HP's got the most readily-available supplies and support. The Brother
I've qualms about, since a Brother HL-660 I owned was a piece of junk.
The HL-700 series seems to be better than the HL-600 series, judging by
net postings, but even the HL-700 series has garnered more than its share
Disclaimer: I have personal experience only with a Lexmark Optra E+ and
Brother HL-660, none of the others discussed here (aside from in-store
demos). Much of this information is gathered simply from printer specs on
web sites, and manufacturers have gotten good at hiding surprises in these
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