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Keep in mind that--at least with low end printers--the cost is in the consumables. InkJet, Laser---same answer. I would not advise buying the cheapest model.
I have not gathered any real data lately, but I think the following is still more or less true:
Best Linux support: HP
Worst Linux support: Lexmark
**good** Linux support: Epson
*OK* Linux support--at least for some Lasers: Brother and Samsung.
When you say B&W only, I would get an HP Laser
Personal bias: avoid multifunction units
PS: Lasers use toner, not ink---I've never compared the per-print cost with an inkjet because it would never be a factor in my decision---i.e. Good-quality and fast B&W = Laser
Location: Hecker Settlement, Southwest Louisiana, USA
Distribution: Mainly Ubuntu but several others.
I agree on HP
I have had good luck with HP on several distros. The best I've tried so far is Ubuntu 9.04. It was just plug and play, only glitch was ink level on one printer. Scanner even worked great using Xsane Image scanning program.
It takes time before the newest type of printers is supported by Linux drivers, but older printers (1 year or beyond) should be supported quite. You can also check out the CUPS development website to see what printers are supported the best and make your decision based on that info.