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linuxhippy 12-10-2008 01:07 PM

need a good Linux laser printer
I'd like to get a good laser printer for printing reports with no color. I read that Brother makes quality laser printers around $ the HL-2140. I then went to http://openprinting.organd saw that printer was only mostly supported in Linux.

Any one have any suggestions of laser printers that are still on the market that are Linux compatible?

pixellany 12-10-2008 01:16 PM

I believe that Brother, Samsung, and HP all are supported in some degree by Linux. (Some printers now state Linux support right on the box.)

For any type of printer, the best support from the manufacturer is with HP. I have an HP 1022 and it has been great.

One way to get info quickly is to make sure you have teh latest driver database (eg Gutenprint) and simply try to install a dummy queue and see if a particular model appears in the driver list.

AuroraCA 12-10-2008 01:22 PM

I have had very good support for Linux with Xerox Phaser laser and solid ink printers.

pixellany 12-10-2008 01:30 PM


Originally Posted by AuroraCA (Post 3370736)
I have had very good support for Linux with Xerox Phaser laser and solid ink printers.

Does Xerox make any low-cost monochrome lasers?

AuroraCA 12-10-2008 02:17 PM

Sorry, I should have read the original post more carefully. I didn't see the $100 limit.

Xerox does make some very fine Linux supported mono laser printers in the $200 to $400 price range.

Unfortunately, the under $200 price range are Win Printers.

The prices that I have listed are market rather than list prices.

anomie 12-10-2008 02:30 PM

I've purchased both Samsung (ML-1740) and Brother (sorry, don't remember model) printers for use with CentOS; they have gotten along nicely for my purposes. In both cases the price was ~ $100 - maybe a little more. Just do some homework in advance on as you have been.

slackhack 12-10-2008 03:11 PM

I also have a samsung ml-1740. It's worked pretty much flawlessly for a couple of years now.

jhwilliams 12-10-2008 08:17 PM

I've found that CUPS and HP LaserJets make a sufficient duo for my purposes.

yvesvanbelle 12-14-2008 08:29 AM

Hello Linuxhippy,

De Brother HL-2140 is fully supported, but you need to use proprietary drivers. These driver work fine on Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, openSUSE and Mandriva. You can find them on the website

Best regards,


linuxhippy 12-14-2008 04:37 PM

where do you see HL-2140 on that site??

michaelk 12-14-2008 05:38 PM

Just follow the links.....

linuxhippy 12-14-2008 05:43 PM

nice-thanks....I guess you weren't making that up! :)

yvesvanbelle 12-16-2008 12:45 PM


I see michealk did help you already, but again here is the link:

First install the lpr driver, then the cupswrapper driver, both are needed.

Best regards,


jc_anthro 04-07-2009 03:02 AM

Oh great, this answers my question. I have installed only one set of drivers. It is clearly talking to the printer (HL 2140), but won't proceed to print. I'll see hoew I go..

jschiwal 04-07-2009 03:04 AM

Almost all HP printers are supported by hplip.

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