My response is that anyone who's concerned about that should go out and buy an Epson Stylus Photo 870 or 1270 (Epson's best printers) and compare output from Epson's drivers with ours. I don't want to claim that our output is 'perfect' -- we know we have some things we need to improve; our color model has a way to go -- but I'm willing to stack it up against anything else out there."
I'm convinced he's right on all counts. I also think there is a message in what he said about the wisdom of releasing information to open source developers. It's a message that Carly Fiorina, HP's "open source friendly" CEO needs to hear. Though she recently challenged other industry CEOs to get more involved with open source, Fiorina would do well to put some code where her mouth is, unless she wants HP to forever trail Epson in quality -- and popularity among free-software users.