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Old 04-19-2010, 04:44 PM   #1
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Question Best printer for linux


I have been given or bought Lexmark or Canon printers for the past 5 years. For four of them, I have used windows for one purpose only - printing. What a pain in the rear. I'm going to buy myself a new printer.

What are some of your favorite printers/brands that are compatible with linux? I really want something that will just work easily. I prefer wireless printing and duplex capability, but anything will work. I've tried looking at the compatibility lists, but they have every printer ever manufactured. I'm looking for recommendations for items I may actually still be able to find in a store somewhere, not somebody's attic.
 
Old 04-19-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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HP are probably the best supported, and Ubuntu will come with a set of drivers.

For Epson, see http://avasys.jp/eng/linux_driver/

For Canon, see http://www.canon-europe.com/Support/software/linux/

The way I chose my printer was to look for a printer that met my requirements, and then see if it was supported. As you say, working the other way would take forever.
 
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:39 PM   #3
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Linux drivers seem to be available for just about any HP printer. I've had good luck with HP printers and Linux.
 
Old 04-20-2010, 06:46 AM   #4
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I have been given or bought Lexmark or Canon printers for the past 5 years. For four of them, I have used windows for one purpose only - printing. What a pain in the rear. I'm going to buy myself a new printer.
Cannon make some good printers, but are (generally) bad, or at least, variable, with respect to compatibility. Lexmark make some crap printers, although not all are all that bad, so you have to be careful with both of those brands.

You don't say what kind of printer you want (Laser, inkjet, personal, high volume) so you probably weren't expecting a direct reccomendation of a particular model.

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What are some of your favorite printers/brands that are compatible with linux?
HP and Epson would be prime choices for inkjets; Samsung, Brother, HP would be good companies to look at for Lasers.

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...look for a printer that met my requirements...
Start from suppliers that have stuff in your price range, check compatibility, check running costs. If going to a physical store, do ask the dumb salesperson (or whatever salesperson you get) about Linux compatibility; even if you don't trust the answer, it might just remind the store that we exist as a market segment.

Sample conversation:
<ME> Is that printer compatible with Linux?
<DSP> We don't know anything about Linux
<ME> What does that picture of a penguin on the side of the box mean?
<DSP> Err, well, as I was saying sir...
<ME> And that note about Linux drivers, and that kernel version, in the small print...

(obviously, I'd checked the box before starting this conversation).
 
Old 04-20-2010, 07:39 AM   #5
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You can open the CUPS Printer utility (in a browser, enter "localhost:631" ), and start to install a printer at lp0. You can then browse thru all of the available drivers.

Best Linux support: HP
Best inkjets for photos: Epson (very good Linux support)
starting to "get with it": Canon--and even Lexmark

Definitely ask at the store. If they don't know whether something is supported, ask them how to find out.
 
Old 04-20-2010, 07:57 AM   #6
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If anybody still doesn't know the main information resource about Linux printing - here it is - http://www.linuxfoundation.org/colla...s/openprinting or just http://openprinting.org (and you'll be redirected to the 1st link).

The site has a good database of printer models which work or doesn't work in Linux. :-)

ps: as for me, I have rather old (now) laser b/w Canon LBP-810
 
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As the OP said, that sort of site lists vast numbers of printers, most of which are no longer obtainable. When I first bought a printer specifically for Linux, I wasted quite some time until I realised that it was better to see what suitable printers were on sale, and then to check them for Linux drivers.
 
Old 04-20-2010, 08:22 PM   #8
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Good strategy guys, thanks.

For the record (and salasi ), I'm looking for a personal inkjet. I rarely print photos, usually text documents. I would like to be able to print over my wifi LAN without connecting the printer to another PC. Duplex would be nice, but not required. Specific recommendations would be nice, save me some legwork.

I used to stick with Canon all the time as their ink was cheap, but seems like its the same as everybody else nowadays...
 
Old 04-21-2010, 05:41 AM   #9
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A while ago I bought a cheap (£25) HP Deskjet D4260. I print mostly text files too, sometimes with quite long periods between sessions, and it's never let me down.
 
Old 04-21-2010, 08:48 AM   #10
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Hi,

I find that my inkjets just don't get the use that my lasers do. Preference for the low cost Brother series of Laser printers. My primary is a 'HL-2070W' that is cheap to operate and provides enough speed for overall usage.

 
Old 04-22-2010, 11:19 AM   #11
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Best Multi-function printer (scan,copy) for Linux Peripherals ... 1200 dpi quality) print/scan/copy combo that works perfectly with Linux.
 
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:24 PM   #12
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Best Multi-function printer (scan,copy) for Linux Peripherals ... 1200 dpi quality) print/scan/copy combo that works perfectly with Linux.
Is that a question?

I do not recommend multi-function units (personal bias).

Otherwise, are the answers already posted in this thread useful to you?
 
Old 04-28-2014, 11:49 AM   #13
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There is no love for Brother here? Everyone says "HP, Canon, Epson" over and over.

I've had good results with my Brother MFC-465CN, except that it is not included in the basic CUPS drivers (odd, as they have other MFC models) and I always have to go get the driver from Brother.

And nobody seems to talk about printer MODELS, just BRANDS. I don't go buy a printer for its brand, but for its features and adaptability.

Any favorites here?
 
Old 04-28-2014, 12:13 PM   #14
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There is no love for Brother here? Everyone says "HP, Canon, Epson" over and over.

I've had good results with my Brother MFC-465CN, except that it is not included in the basic CUPS drivers (odd, as they have other MFC models) and I always have to go get the driver from Brother.

And nobody seems to talk about printer MODELS, just BRANDS. I don't go buy a printer for its brand, but for its features and adaptability.

Any favorites here?
I use a Brother also. I have had the MFC-J615W ink printer and currently have a DCP-7065DN laser printer. Both printing and scanning work(ed) great with Debian-based Linux.
 
Old 04-28-2014, 12:17 PM   #15
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I have been given or bought Lexmark or Canon printers for the past 5 years. For four of them, I have used windows for one purpose only - printing. What a pain in the rear. I'm going to buy myself a new printer.
same deal with me and my old lexmark... i replaced it with an hp and it worx now (although i rarely print since ink costs more than gold now).
 
  


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