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Old 12-17-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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New Printer compatibility with LinuxOS

My first inquiry on this site. I had an HP Photosmart Printer that just bit the dust along with new cartridges. HP is offering me a new printer at a discount, however, I would like to know if others have found a more compatible printer by another mfr.? This is for home use and I do not print more than a few pages a week in black or in color. I prefer a small printer that can scan, copy and print. HP cartridges are readily available but are costly, esp. when you lose fresh ones in a defunct machine. I would appreciate input from others who are happy with their machines, especially if it is LinuxOS compatible without going through hoops to get them to work together. My PC is an HP TouchSmart and I only run LinuxOS Gnome on it and am very happy with that arrangement. Thanks for your suggestions. ME
Old 12-17-2012, 10:27 PM   #2
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Linux likes USB printers. See if you can bring the computer to the store and get online.

Try it before you buy it. Be sure that you are fully updated and running the latest stable version of your distro.

If linux can't see the printer at the store, try running updates again.

Many stores have floor demo models to show off to the customer.

Plug one in.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:35 AM   #3
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HP is very good with Linux, and the hp-setup tool gets the printer and scanner functions set up at the same time. If the last one performed well, I'd stick with them.

All inkjet cartridges are dear, what ever the make: that's how they make a profit on selling cheap hardware. Buying on-line is much cheaper than using a shop, of course. I also had a printer die just after fitting new ones. That's life: "I never had a piece of toast, particularly long and wide, but fell upon the dusty floor, and always on the buttered side."
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:28 PM   #4
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I would agree that HP is very good with Linux. I've been using HP printers for years with no problems (other than ones I created??) and have had no problems with having it detected and configured on a number of Linux distributions. Also currently using an HP Photosmart.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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I'll add to the chorus. HP's usually go very well with Linux.

You can check out individual models at LinuxPrinting, though it may take a little while for the newest ones to make it into the database.
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Try the HP LaserjetPro 400 Color MFP

I tried to add the HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color MFP M475dn to the link frankbell noted, but got a 500 error when I attempted to login.

The HP LaserJet Pro 400 Color MFP M475dn is a multifunction printer which is definitely Linux compatible. I totally recommend it to anybody. It can even scan a stack of documents- duplex. However, to do so you'll have to use the xsane interface for it as the HPLIP scanner utility just ignores the duplex preference. Since it took me 10 years to find a printer like this one because of the dearth of info on the higher-end ones, I figured I'd save everybody 10 hours of Googling. If you have to support Linux, Mac & Windows in an enterprise environment, this printer is a systems administrator's wet dream:



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