March 20, 2001, 3:15 PM —
I admit it: now and then, I feel a twinge of platform envy. For example, I would have preferred to build a Linux box for my daughter and her family this past summer. But I had to use Windows 98 so they could run their favorite game (NASCAR 3) and its hardware accoutrements: steering wheel, gas, and brake pedals.
More recently, my girlfriend wanted to print some beautiful pictures she had taken with a Sony Digital Mavica camera. She asked if she could take some of the images to a friend's Windows machine to print them on a fancy Epson printer. A few days later, I saw a special at OfficeMax on an Epson Stylus Color 880. It boasted an amazing 2,880 by 720 dpi resolution, and only cost $149. The itch began to burn.
I had seen a blurb on LinuxWorld.com a week or two earlier about drivers for Epson printers, but I wasn't sure if GIMP supported that particular model. When I got home, I ran it down and found myself on the Gimp-Print project page. (See Resources.) Praise Baud, a driver for the Epson 880 was there! The next day, I returned to the store and bought an Epson.