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Epson Stylus Photo T50 en Fedora 15

Tengo una impersora Epson Stylus Photo T50 incluye multiples cartuchos de color

Epson Photo Stylus T50

Para mis trabajos normales de impresión en papel desde Fedora, en el pasado yo habia usado un driver que correspondia al modelo R280 o R290, sabiendo que el primero es el modelo vendido en Estados Unidos y el segundo es el modelo que fue reemplazado por la T50 en Latinoamerica.

Al hacer el upgrade a Fedora 15 sencillamente no encuentra el driver y no me permite ponerlo a mano.

Encontre que Avasys Corporation desarrolla drivers de impresoras para Linux y que Epson dice que si usas linux debes ver su sitio web aunque ellos no se responsabilisan.

Con al menos tres sitios que consultar, supongo que es útil poner las cosas en orden para que a alguien más le resulte fácil.

Lo primero es preparar los requisitos de instalación, y las siguientes acciones requiere permiso de administrador.. Estos pasos bienen de las instrucciones de lsb en el sitio web de openprinting. Hay que notar que en el sitio hay un error con el path de los archivos de yum. Aqui en mi sitio ya esta corregido.

Primer paso es: yum install lsb

Segundo paso es crear un archivo en el directorio /etc/yum.repos.d para mi comodidad yo lo nombre openprinting.repo En ese archivo hay que incluir el siguiente texto.

[openprinting-drivers-main]
name=OpenPrinting LSB-based driver packages
baseurl=http://www.openprinting.org/download/printdriver/components/lsb3.2/main/RPMS
enabled=1
gpgcheck=0

[openprinting-drivers-contrib]
name=OpenPrinting LSB-based driver packages
baseurl=http://www.openprinting.org/download/printdriver/components/lsb3.2/contrib/RPMS
enabled=1
gpgcheck=0

[openprinting-drivers-main-nonfree]
name=OpenPrinting LSB-based driver packages
baseurl=http://www.openprinting.org/download/printdriver/components/lsb3.2/main-nonfree/RPMS
enabled=1
gpgcheck=0

El Tercer paso es descargar el driver de la impresora, en mi caso el driver de T50 en open printing.

El Quinto paso es instalrlo. Cuando ustedes descargan este driver automaticamente fedora les va a preguntar si quieren instalar el paquete. Los más facil es decir que si. Igual ustedes pueden navegar entre sus archivos y hacer un doble click. O bien usar la sugerencia del sitio web de rpm -Uvh por ejemplo:

rpm -Uvh epson-inkjet-printer-stylus-photo-t50-series-1.0.0-1lsb3.2.x86_64.rpm

El Sexto y último paso es conectar la impresoa, será automaticamente detectada y configurada.

Y listo, con esto ahora tengo la impresora funcionando.

En una nota adicional, esta impresora la adquirí porque tiene la opción de una bandeja para imprimir CD y DVD. Estos discos los utilizo para promocionar software libre, especialmente Fedora. Aqui un ejemplo de la impresora en accion.

Aun estoy pendiente de averiguar como imprimir los discos usando Fedora. Pero eso será para otro post.

Freemedia vs. Media for Free

We have been debating for some days now about restructuring Freemedia. This comes from a long way since Susmit made a great job creating a ticket system to get control over the requests to Freemedia program. Thanks Susmit!. Then Frank has been banging every door to get more volunteers, which is a big task and he has keep up. Thanks to you too, Frank!

But after looking some emails in the brainstorming for getting things properly thought, I think some clarification it is needed to move forward. Probably after we move forward that clarification may result dumb. But now I really fell it is needed.

There are some efforts from ambassadors perspective to give away “media for free” to lugs and other ambassadors, so they can distribute the media for free. Distribute in events, to people they know, to colleges trying out … And I think it is wonderful to provide that.

In the other hand we have Freemedia as a program made from volunteers, who donate media to those who fill a request form. The persons who Freemedia aims are those that have a bad internet connection and difficulties to get an online vendor to send a disk to their home town. Volunteers are disperse around the globe, some are ambassadors and some are contributing to fedora in other programs. These volunteers take their time and resources to burn media and ship it where it is needed. This bond people to fedora, as it is not a faceless shipment, but a personal effort. (Well, not always … maybe a few cases, but it is really nice when it happens!)

The problem is that some time Freemedia get confused by some people with “media for free”. They disregard Feemedia, as they are working hard to move “media for free” to reach potential users. The same objective objective but different ways.

This is really a problem when you get an Ambassador looking for “media for free” so he can give media to the nearest person. And in order to get the media, they join Freemedia and afterwards become frustrated.

Replies to the work Frank has done to get volunteers, are along those lines too. For example, when you ask people from a country to help Freemedia, and they said there is not formal structure or money for doing that. They are thinking about “media for free”, instead of thinking of a personal voluntary donation of a couple of disks each month.

I am not saying that there is no need for “media for free”. I would love to have more media to give away on events. It has been really hard to me to get “media for free”. What I am saying is that this is a nice task to undertake, while other ways of get media are just not enough to cover the demand. I can’t say what will happen with Freemedia in teh future. Susmit has to much drive and he is looking to rethink Media Distribution as a whole. But by now, I love this small task that Freemedia allow me to do. I want to invite other Fedora contributors to join Freemedia, not just Ambassadors. Other duty that I have in Freemedia program is to check applications, so I will be there to welcome you all.