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Old 06-18-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Best HQ Photo printer for Linux


Hello everyone.
I a longtime Linux User, and a longtime photographer.
I have a Canon pro 9000 and with linux is a pain in the ass.
So I'm looking to new printer, to print HQ photo on big paper.
Did someone have any expérience with this kind of hardware under linux ?
Thank,
Denis
 
Old 06-18-2013, 11:33 AM   #2
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Don't know of a specific model, but I would point you in the direction of Hewlett-Packard. Unlike too many vendors, H-P provides full support for their printer products for Linux with HPLIP (probably already installed on your system).

Hope this helps some.
 
Old 06-18-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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I am not sure if Brother or Samsung are in the HQ printer market- but I have had great success with their drivers.

My experience has been HP makes the best photo printers- but if you are looking at cost those two may be good options. Of course, check for drivers before you buy.
 
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Hp doesn't make Hihg Quality (8 colors or more pigment based) anymore. Anyone have experience with epson on Linux with Gimp ?
 
Old 06-18-2013, 04:06 PM   #5
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Check the Open Printing website to see which printers are verified working.

http://www.openprinting.org/printers
 
Old 06-19-2013, 08:01 AM   #6
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Hp doesn't make Hihg Quality (8 colors or more pigment based) anymore. Anyone have experience with epson on Linux with Gimp ?
Hmm. I see color laser and multifunction models that looks pretty good (designated high quality) at http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-search/s...olor%20printer.

Only reason for mentioning H-P is the full support for Linux they provide for pretty much everything they make.

Hope this helps some.
 
Old 06-21-2013, 09:41 AM   #7
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I have used Samsung colour laser printers for some time but don't do much in the line of photo printing. There linux support is excellent even down to updating a driver for me in less than 2 weeks.

I do process from raw. My monitor is calibrated for sRGB and what comes out of the printer is very close. I did think I would need to generate an icc file for it but it doesn't look like it needs going on just a few prints. Problems - only thin Xerox laser photo paper goes through the machine without jamming. I haven't tried high gloss and not even sure if it is available. Also need to turn the anti curl off. My feeling is that 600dpi falls a bit short maybe and the results I have obtained fall a little short of what my son achieves with hp inkjet with many cartridges and windoze. 600dpi should be adequate really so I suspect that aspect is down to 3 colour plus black printing. I intend to get some more types of paper as some pretty fastidious photo people do use laser printers.

It's a problem. Last time I looked at HP's and the OS inkjet drivers for Linux they fell well short of what the printers can do under windoze but that was a good while ago now. I would suggest that you do some very thorough research before actually buying a printer. Hopefully things are better now. I did which is why I finished up buying a samsung laser for just ordinary printing.

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Old 06-21-2013, 10:07 AM   #8
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As I am curious about this sort of thing as well these links may be of interest

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

http://www.turboprint.info/

http://redskiesatnight.com/2011/02/2...rt-6-printing/

I recently started using Fotoxx for most of my processing. I also use gimp,photivo,rawtherappee and others as plugins from it. Fotoxx will do 99% of what is generally needed anyway but I often use ufraw 1st.

Argll offers very comprehensive colour calibration. There is a gui for screens but printers need doing long hand. I used the gui to set the icc file system wide for sRGB but also had to manually load it into Photivo as it uses it's own. The calibration facilities in argll are way way ahead of what is offered with all but the very very expensive calibration kits and better than them in many cases as well. It will work with the majority of calibrators. Details on it's web site.

John
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