Originally Posted by bexus
would ubuntu be the best one? i seem to get the feeling that i am so close to getting it to work as well cause i finally managed to get the netbook to recognise the printer but when i try to print something the printer status is idle
Back in 2012 I tried and failed to install a Canon iP2600 printer and it took me two months, perhaps longer, before I found the answer here on Linux Questions!
A post here pointed out that the driver which comes down from the repository when you try to install a Canon printer or scanner is only the Canon 'common' driver. You also need the 'specific' driver for your model. The post directed me to 'support-asia.canon-asia.com' where there is a list of all Canon printers and scanners together with .deb and .rpm driver packages. I downloaded the appropriate packages - and one was the one already installed, the 'common' driver. Then I found I needed a 'transitional' package for CUPS! With all those packages installed the printer worked.
Now I've just changed to Ubuntu 16.04. I installed the printer again using all those packages (which I had saved! Never throw anything away!). But now I got an error message that libtiff4 was missing. Ubuntu 16.04 comes with libtiff5, but it wanted libtiff4 which I couldn't get using Synaptic. I 'googled' and found a page from where I could download libtiff4. Now the printer is working again!
I've just bought a HP all-in-one for wireless use with my laptop (also Ubuntu 16.04). Ubuntu comes with hplip (HP Linux Printing and scanning) though you always have to replace it with the latest version. By installing the HP printer and scanner using HPLIP on both desktop and laptop, I can print and scan from both machines. HP offer the best support for Linux!