Linux - On Desktops Near You; Lexmark Packaging now Shows Linux

Never say never, that's my motto.

First, ABC and FOX Full Episodes add support for the GNU/Linux-compatible Adobe Flash Player. And now, retailers are selling products that are marked with "Linux" in the "System Requirements" list.

I now expect to see, as I predicted last year, the massive influx to Linux as being the "prominent platform of choice", as well as Linux becoming the Universal Gaming Platform(WebGL may be a hint of this). Amidst all the other problems in the world, technological freedom and advancement continue to flourish.

After years of returning to my local retailer, searching for computer products marked with Linux compatibility, I'm finally seeing it. I'm seeing it on Lexmark printers. See below.

image credit: me with my Droid @ walmart

For those who are interested in a full review of the another new Lexmark printer (the Lexmark Pro905 Platinum multi-function printer - NOT pictured above) see this article at Phoronix.

Not that I'm discounting the efforts of other companies that have long been friends to GNU/Linux. For example,Hewlett Packard has long been a premier provider for Linux-compatible printing with the "HPLIP" resource. Also, Logitech's webcams have community driven drivers, see Of course there's also vendors like Dell Ubuntu or, who sell computers with Desktop Linux preloaded (and easily found on their websites), and there are others. These are the vendors who really have the guts to be on the forefront of technology. Truly.

So won't you join me in embracing a new era in advanced and open computing? Let Freedom, and Technology ring - it's been a long time coming.

Shannon VanWagner


  1. This is great news. I scrapped my old Lexmark printer about a year ago in favor of an HP because of their Linux support. It's nice to see other companies are following suit.

  2. Its a nice photo but its very misleading and might as well be a lie. That little asterisk points you to the Lexmark website which, last I looked (not long ago), offered up Red Hat 5.x drivers (Drivers built for distros released in the mid 1990s with kernel 2.0, LPR not CUPS, etc and utterly useless for modern distros and CPUs)

    In comparison, nearly all HP products have full support for all features using entirely GPL code already bundled with Ubuntu and other distros.

  3. @Boycott Blogger - Thanks for commenting. Is this something you experienced recently? The reason I ask is because Phoronix did a review article on the new Lexmark Pro905 Platinum and said they were able to get drivers, see here:

    I'm going to add a blurb to this post to show that Phoronix did the article.

    I totally agree that HP is amongst the top Linux-compatible printers though. I would be even happier if they print it on their box.

  4. This is a nice post.. interesting site!"Linux - On Desktops Near You; Lexmark Packaging now Shows Linux"

  5. This is 2013 so i would like to suggest canon instead of lexmark


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