OS X Yosemite
Six months after my Oki printer stopped print because I upgraded to Yosemite, Oki finally kludged together a workaround, which is to use their old Mountain Lion printer driver as is. Of course it would have been nice, maybe even professional, to mention this six months ago when I lost the ability to print. It would have been even nicer if they had adjusted the bug in the Mavericks driver so it could print in Yosemite since Mavericks and Yosemite are essentially identical as far as printing goes.
Here is the email I received today from Oki, you’ll notice when you do this that they do finally show a driver for OS X 10.10 Yosemite but its actually their Mountain lion driver
A driver is available for your C3200n to install in Yosemite.
Since your printer is connected over the network, prior to installing the
driver, if the printer has a static IP, it must returned back to acquiring
an IP automatically through DHCP.
Press Menu + until you have reached Network, then press Enter.
Press Menu + until you have reached IP address Set then press Enter. Press
Menu + to change it from manual to Auto. Press Enter, Back, Online.
After the driver installation, you will need to restart the computer and
Add the printer via Bonjour.
The driver that they lead you to is:
OKI_MXMLion_DHC_eu_A2_020001_tcm3-146871.dmg which appear to be a digitally signed version of their recycled OS X Lion printer driver from 4 years ago (which is 3 OS X generations old).
Here is where it gets even more weird, if you instead just download the original Lion and try to launch that, OS X’s built-in Gatekeeper software will not allow you to install it because their software is not signed. I really wish Oki would get with the program and just release up to date printer drivers for OS X. Its really not hard since most of the time one driver will last for many years until the printing subsystem is updated.
Proof of that is in Oki’s ability to recycle the Mountain Lion driver which apparently works fine (a quick search on the net proves that) once they signed the software so that Apple’s Gatekeeper feature will allow it to install. So in reality had Oki just digitally signed their old Lion driver when Apple notified developers to digitally sign their software years ago.
Oki Lion driver workaround
Okie took more time to write a web page to show users how to turn off the GateKeeper security feature, so we can use and old and technically outdated driver (not a good idea) instead of just fixing their broken printer driver for us. Hysterically funny is how Oki describes the problem as being the default security setting in Apple’ GateKeeper security software, when in fact its that Oki neglected to take the 5 minutes to digitally sign their software as per the rules laid out by Apple for all developers. All other major printer manufacturers did it, why was Oi the only one to not bother? Yes its true that Fuji messed up their version of the driver but at least they updated the driver with a corrected version which allowed everyone of their customers to print normally again.
GateKeeper first appeared in OS X Lion 10.7.5, after prior notice from Apple that all Mac apps would have to be digitally signed by software developers in order to help protect the safety, security and privacy of Mac users. Developers received their copy of Lion and the need to digitally sig their apps in February 2011, giving developers plenty of time to invade the 5 minute process to procure and implement their digital signature.
CUPS to the rescue
CUPS is the standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for OS X and other UNIX-like operating systems. CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) as the basis for managing print jobs and queues, and adds network printer browsing and PostScript Printer Description (PPD) based printing options to support real-world printing.
OKI could serve the Linux community by offering them printer drivers, something they don’t do today. If they had thought this through they could use Apple software development kit to write one driver (CUPS drivers are super easy to write for, easier than Windows drivers) and then compile one version for Linux and a second version (that is identical other than being digitally signed) for OS X users. Who knows, the digitally signed version might work just fine for Linux also it would be worth the ten minutes it takes to test it. Either way Oki is ignoring two markets that require next to no development effort or support.
Oki stuck in the Eighties
Maybe Oki just can’t be bothered with OS X users, they seem to be stuck in the neanderthal 1980s anti-Apple mindset, if that is the case why not just be honest and not offer a printer driver at all.
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