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Old 01-08-2008, 11:22 AM   #1
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I need a linux friendly printer


Hello people

I have Suse 10.3 retail version I just installed it. I currently have a
Lexmark X125 (freebie) I tried to install it several times with no avail.

I do not need a All in one. Just a simple color Laser printer. I am going to guess that HP is the most linux friendly printers out there.

I would like to spend around 50$ or more depending on the model. I just want something that will work nothing fancy. All I will be printing will be text documents.

I have also ordered from amazon and tigerdirect so I am not just limited to big box stores.

Thanks in advance.

Sam
 
Old 01-08-2008, 11:31 AM   #2
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Hi. You are right, HP printers are well supported in Linux. Another brand that works pretty well is Epson. Have you looked at our Hardware Compatibility List? There are reviews there, that may help you in your decision making.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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suggested printers:
http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/O...gestedPrinters
printer level of support (look for 'perfect' rating or at least 'mostly'):
http://openprinting.org/printer_list.cgi?make=Anyone

I personally recommend HP printers. Epson printers also work, but their quality is somewhat lower.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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I have a 3 year old hp deskjet 6500 that works great with Linux and Windows.
My brother has a 1 year old hp Photosmart 3210 with Linux and windows as well. My mom has a Photosmart D7460 for Windows only. They're all great and the Linux compatibility is great (haven't tested my mom's).

One caviat, in Windows my 6500 knows (or guesses) how much ink it has. But not in Linux.

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Old 01-08-2008, 01:45 PM   #5
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btw, when checking my mom's printer model # for the above post I noticed good deals at staples, which is where her's is from.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 02:17 PM   #6
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This page may help getting your Lexmark working:

http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_pr...m=Lexmark-X125

Of course, you may have already seen it and that is what you meant by, "I tried to install it several times with no avail."

HTH

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When you say "color laser", I infer that you are not interested in printing photos.

If you do want photos, then Epson inkjet is among the best. Add Linux support, and becomes the first choice. My personal setup is HP B&W Laser + Epson inkjet.

Bear in mind that the cost of printing is in the consumables. It will not cost more in the long run to have 2 printers.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 03:08 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam French View Post
Hello people

I have Suse 10.3 retail version I just installed it. I currently have a
Lexmark X125 (freebie) I tried to install it several times with no avail.

I do not need a All in one. Just a simple color Laser printer. I am going to guess that HP is the most linux friendly printers out there.

I would like to spend around 50$ or more depending on the model. I just want something that will work nothing fancy. All I will be printing will be text documents.

I have also ordered from amazon and tigerdirect so I am not just limited to big box stores.

Thanks in advance.

Sam
A few months ago I bought a Brother printer and it worked right out of the box with Linux. I have had Zero problems with it. It is more quite then the HP I had before, if you can believe it. I did not buy color but you will have the same results as I have had. I was even skeptic about buying a printer that was not an HP, but I am extremely please with it.

Buy the way, I am currently putting a PC together myself but I am going to buy it from Newegg. They are much better than tigerdirect on prices. That is just my opinion.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 07:06 PM   #9
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Not only does Linux support HP, but HP supports Linux and that's worth something.
 
Old 01-08-2008, 07:17 PM   #10
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Not only does Linux support HP, but HP supports Linux and that's worth something.
My next printer may well be an HP.
 
Old 01-09-2008, 12:16 AM   #11
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I have a Brother HL-5140 monochrome laser printer. It works well and better with the PPD file from linuxprinting.org. On large print jobs, it prints faster than its specs with out noticeable quality loss.

The problems with HP laser printers is graphics and printing PDF files. With HP printers, you actually throw a lot away to the land fill.

The manufacture that makes the best color laser printers that have full Linux support is Konica Minolta.

Not always newegg is the cheapest. I got the Brother HL-5140 at Tigerdirect.

Laser printers are the most reliable types of printing. Ink printers may get clogged or provide bands on the page. Print outs from laser printers do not bleed when dunk in water.
 
Old 01-09-2008, 08:01 AM   #12
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Brother and Samsung both Support Linux as well..

the Samsung CLP-300N, CLP-350N, CLP-610ND, CLP-650N


Samsung Website / Color lasers


all work using the Samsung Unified Linux driver (or just install in cups using the PPD) these all have a built in NIC so they can be directly connected to your network, the prices are very reasonable for the specs. Stating at under $300 for the low end unit and hitting $530 for the higher end unit I posted. You can even get a duplexing unit on the ND model..

I've purchased quite a few (around 20) Samsung networked Laser printers over the last couple years for the office and so far I've only had to repair one unit, due to end user abuse... We have a large networked color copier with a Networked Fiery RIP, so I haven't needed to purchase any color lasers though..

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Old 01-10-2008, 10:11 AM   #13
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Hello People

I am really just looking for a good inkjet sorry for the misunderstanding.
I was at Target yesterday they had a HP 2430 when I look under printers in Yast I see a DJ 2400 I am guessing these use the same linux drivers?

Would this printer be a plug and play?

Thanks in advance.

Sam.
 
Old 01-10-2008, 10:25 AM   #14
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Your original post said
Quote:
"I do not need a All in one. Just a simple color Laser printer."
I guess that threw us all off a bit

Your best bet is to use the database on openprinting.org to look up info about printers you are thinking about purchasing. The database will tell you if the printer is supported, and what drivers best support the device.

I don't see a deskjet 2430, or any deskjet 2400 series listed on the site, I do however see a deskjet D2430 listed.. do you have the model number correct ? Either way most of the HP Deskjet printers use the hpijs driver

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Old 01-10-2008, 02:29 PM   #15
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Is it a PSC ? PSC 2400 ?
 
  


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