Minolta and SuSE partner to provide full support for Linux printers

Minolta and SuSE have partnered to provide full support for Linux printers. The partnership aims to facilitate printer support and bring the practical benefits of printing usability to Linux users. The result is that Linux users can now enjoy high-quality output from the Minolta PagePro 8, 18 and 25 monochrome laser printers.

SuSE Linux features a driver utility that also includes installation support for these printers. This means that these printers will be visible and selectable in the Linux user's windows and functions such as paper trays, mail bins, etc., will also be easily selectable - an important consideration for printers with hundreds of individually customizable configurations. Another practical advantage is that Minolta has just launched an extended version of its network management utility, PageScope, to make life easier for Linux network administrators. The partnership means that a key benefit of the Linux operating system - usability - has been extended to include printer output. This is further evidence of Minolta's strategic commitment to a policy of transforming itself from a 'mere' supplier of first-class hardware to a digital solutions provider. The partnership will bring very practical benefits to the Linux community.