For USB-based mobile broadband modems it got common that the Windows
driver is stored on the modem itself and as long as the driver is not
installed the modem shows itself to the computer as a USB mass storage
device. Therefore usb-modeswitch got introduced to switch these modems
into modem modeunder Linux as there the driver is already available as a
kernel module shipped with the OS. A similar problem occured now for USB
printers, they also show themselves as mass storage devices by default
to provide their Windows driver without need of a CD.
So usb-modeswitch needs to be extended to printers Tests should be done
whether the switching mechanisms are the same as for modems and only the
printer's IDs need to be added or whether more work is needed.
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