[nmglug] Epson printer driver and implications, LSB, OS

LeRoy Diener leroy at choosetherightside.com
Wed Nov 10 06:17:01 PST 2021

Hi NMGLUG folks,

I'm trying to get my Epson WF-3640 printer to print from my Debian 10
I have not found a driver specifically for this.
I did find  a generic driver named epson-escpr for many epson printers from

Here's info about my 64-bit OS:
ll at leno:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Debian
Description: Debian GNU/Linux 10 (buster)
Release: 10
Codename: buster

I selected the file for x86 64 bit and 1.4.1 (DEB for LSB 3.2).
I clicked on it and selected the option to open with GDebi Package
I got an error that Dependency is not satisfiable: lsb (>= 3.2)

I heard that debian no longer allows LSB. I don't really understand the
relationship. It might be that debian has removed or relocated some
functionality related to LSB. It seems like this is the issue preventing me
from getting this printer to work for me.

What to do?
I've heard that there are some work-arounds possible, but that might create
I found a forum post suggesting that debian 11 might work with some driver
for this printer. It makes sense for me to upgrade soon to debian 11.
I've heard that, if connectivity to printers and other apps is important to
me, I might try Ubuntu.
One idea is to use a different OS on a different laptop.
Another idea is to use a VM for printing. I already have Win10 in a VM. I
could put Ubuntu into a VM.

I welcome your thoughts.
There is something glorious birthing within all of us. (New for 2021)
I am the Love of God, no matter what.
LeRoy Diener
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