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Old 06-28-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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line printer recommendations


I need to find a recommendation for a Line printer that works well with centos and redhat 6. The printer need to be newer that has linux drivers/supports linux.
Does anyone use line printers out there? One they would be willing to recommend?
I've given up on trying to get an HP1500q linejet to work, spent many hours on it.
So were looking for a replacement.
Thanks
 
Old 06-29-2013, 08:57 AM   #2
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Exactly what do you mean by a "line printer?" To me, a line printer is the old impact printers that connect via either the Centronics parallel port or an RS232 serial port. Niether of these options would need drivers in Linux. (although getting modern software to write directly to these obsolete ports may be a problem)

After searching for "HP1500q" I realise that the printer you've been trying to use is so old it probably pre-dates Linux to begin with.

Try referring to this printer compatibility list and see if there are any models here that will suit your needs.
 
Old 06-29-2013, 11:08 AM   #3
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I suggest you choose a short list of printers and then check Linux support. The howto link listed above is very incomplete and out-of-date.

Any postscript printer will work with Linux without the need for a driver.

All HP printers have drivers available.
Samsung supports Linux, but with Red Hat/CentOS you have to turn SEL off before printing! (You get used to it eventually).
Epson drivers are available from http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/se...search/?OSC=LX
Canon seem only to support their popular inkjets.

If you really need a line printer, you may be out of luck. I only know about Printronix, and they don't support Linux.
 
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Quote:
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I suggest you choose a short list of printers and then check Linux support. The howto link listed above is very incomplete and out-of-date.
Good point.

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Any postscript printer will work with Linux without the need for a driver.

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If you really need a line printer, you may be out of luck. I only know about Printronix, and they don't support Linux.
It seems that Printronix are now addressing this lack by introducing a range of Postscript aware line printers.
 
Old 07-01-2013, 09:20 AM   #5
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I've already reviewed the open-printing site, I go there often.
Yes by line printer I would mean impact type of printer that has a network interface.
I was hoping that a forum member might chime in an have high praise for one model or other.
Thanks for your input so far. I'll continue researching and leave this thread open for a few more days.
 
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Closing this thread. No need to keep it open even though there has been no input.
 
  


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