It's been a year and a half since I started using Linux (or GNU/Linux, if you prefer) for much of my day-to-day computing, but the past week or so marks the first time I've had to support another user — in this case my wife, Ilene, whose Macintosh iBook G4 is awaiting the end of the semester at California State University Northridge, where she teaches.
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Final words: I know that the Gateway is a bit more than five years old, and the HP Laserjet 1020 is at least three years old. But a big-time Linux distribution like Ubuntu — which has positioned itself as the distro for the rest of us — shouldn't install without the ability to immediately read and write to USB flash media and should be able to print without resorting to a third-party driver project. Debian did the flash drives well but also couldn't output to this printer. In the case of the printing, I lay the blame on CUPS and not the individual distros.