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I am a recent convert to Linux from Windows and I am, for the most part, really enjoying myself. I have all of my applications humming along just fine, but I have some questions about printer drivers. I am using the CUPS system with very few problems. While searching for information on printer drivers, I came across the Gutenprint drivers and installed them with no problem. The thing is that I don't see them in the driver choices for my printer. I went to the CUPS website and installed another instance of my HP6840, but there were no Gutenprint specific drivers listed for my printer ,but there were some listed for other HP printers. The recommended driver for my printer is foomatic hpijs. Other drivers I can select are generic ps, lpr, etc., but none with "gutenprint" in the name. I wish to have the best quality printer driver that I can obtain. I am a little confused, but I understand that there are several ways to skin this cat; I just want to skin it correctly. I am not dissatisfied with my printed output at all. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks so much.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
Hi thacket, Welcome to lq. According to this the hpijs driver is the driver you should be using. Your particular model isn't listed as supported on the Gutenprint drivers page. The hpijs driver is the only driver listed as known to be working for your model. Hope that clears this up.
Good luck. ;-)
HP 6840 Gutenprint drivers? Enlightenment Sought (SOLVED)
Thank you very much for the information. It confirms information that I came across somewhere else after I posted. I am still getting used to the Linux printer system. It seems that there are several layers to it which makes it very modular and flexible at the expense of temporary confusion on my part, but I am learning by leaps and bounds. The more I use Linux, the better I like it. With help from kind persons like yourself and from the community at large, maybe I will be able to return the favor and help someone else one day. Thanks again for your response.