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Old 05-17-2014, 08:33 PM   #1
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Most Compatible Multi-function printer in linux


Hello friends,

I'm very new to linux, migrated to linux a few months ago. Currently running ubuntu 12.04LTS desktop, and have been using printer Canon mp198 since windows.

Need solution to the driver, i cannot scan and could only print two times after adding the mp190 driver from the native driver located in mu ubuntu, it always stuck in loading mode on the third print job

Should i change my printer? what brand is most compatible to linux?

Regards,

Mike
 
Old 05-17-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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I'd recommend a smaall network printer. In my experience, they seem to be a bit less troublesome than USB or the old parallel port (does anyone een use them any more?) printers with Linux. You only have to talk to the printer over a fairly standard network protocol. Scanning is handled in one of two ways: either the printer e-mails you the scanned PDF, or it puts them onto a network share (usually CIFS). I've had good luck with HP, Xerox, and Dell. I'm not as familiar with other brands, but I've heard that Brother can be somewhat problematic. In general, paying a bit more for a more business-oriented printer can help -- most of the problems I've seen happen on very low-end consumer models.
 
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Old 05-17-2014, 09:12 PM   #3
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Thanks btmiller

I will try browsing for any of your mentioned brand

Regards,

Mike
 
Old 05-17-2014, 09:26 PM   #4
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Unless something has changed, Dell does not manufacture printers; it resells third-party printers under its own brand. I don't know who its current supplier is, but it used to be Lexmark, and they don't work and play well with Linux. If you consider a Dell, you should look into the manufacturer.

HP is likely your best bet. HP makes exemplary efforts to make drivers available to the Linux community. I have an HP OfficeJet Pro L7680 which works like a champ with Linux. I've set it up as a wired network machine (with a static IP address, which makes life simpler) and all the other machines in the house are able to connect to it and use all the functions.

http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html

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Old 05-18-2014, 11:16 AM   #5
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The HP devices work nicely from a usb connection, too. HP provide their own Linux software which will find a connected device and set up printing and scanning in one go, as well as trouble-shooting software.
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html
 
Old 05-18-2014, 11:29 AM   #6
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Brother works fine, I have one here, networked, makes it easy to use for all computers. SANE works fine, too.
 
  


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