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Old 10-09-2005, 05:36 PM   #1
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What printer can I buy??

Dear all!!!

I have SUSE 9.3 professional... I am looking around for a printer, and I have found a cool one, it's a EPSON R210. I like it very much, but I am not sure if there is a Linux driver for it....

I want to be sure before buying it.

If there isn't any EPSON driver, then what brand of printers can I buy?

Thanks a lot

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recent epsons work fine. check for full details
Old 10-09-2005, 06:15 PM   #3
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1- Check to see if they have a driver for it.
2- Check

This are very good guides that don't have everything but they can help you out.

3-Check on they might have something about compatibility for epson printers if you couldn't find anything.

Basically, read a lot.
Old 10-09-2005, 06:26 PM   #4
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Check CUPS web site if there for a list of supported printers. There is high chance that your printer is supported and any printer that you pick will also be supported. Mandriva or Mandrake Linux says R200 (probably the same model as your printer) is supported. Mandriva uses CUPS but I do not know what version.
Old 10-09-2005, 07:40 PM   #5
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1. Absolutely check compatibility to eliminate hassles. If your distro has built in drivers, you won't believe how easy it is to fire up your printer. If not, you won't believe how hard it is to fire up your printer.

2. has good info. Epsons and HP rank high. I personally use Samsung laser for business. Unlike epson and HP where you have to dwnload linux drivers, Samsung generally has linux drivers on the disks that come with the product, and they openly support linux. Others do, but don't admit it.

3. Go laser if affordable

4. try to buy a printer that has the printhead built into the cartridge. That way every time you get a new cartridge, you're getting a new printhead. Some of the cheaper HPs are good that way. Epsons have permanent PHs and once they're clogged it's all over. Also Many new printers including Epsons are inserting chips to discourage refilling.

5. I bought an old Canon bj100 for family use: picked it up for $5 at thrift shop (press and hold page feed, then hit 'on' to self test) here's why they're cool.
They have a HUGE (25ml) inktank
For small 5-10 page jobs they're perfect
small footprint- fits right on top of the PC tower
Unlike most modern printers, they work when there's no colored's a black only printer!
And, the kids can't use up all the colored ink because................oh yeah, i forgot, 'cause there's no colored ink! .....oh yea! uh huh

good luck


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