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Old 08-13-2018, 03:04 AM   #1
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Ready to buy an inkjet printer.


Looking to buy a color inkjet printer for use with MX Linux 17.1, and out of a possible 21 choices, I have narrowed it down to 5 models:
Epson Expression ET-2700
" Expression ET-2600
" Expression XP-640
" Stylus C88+
Brother MFC-J870DW
So far as I can tell, all these work with Linux, but I could stand confirmation on this. Anyone feel like double checking for me?
 
Old 08-13-2018, 07:15 AM   #2
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Looking to buy a color inkjet printer for use with MX Linux 17.1, and out of a possible 21 choices, I have narrowed it down to 5 models:
Epson Expression ET-2700
" Expression ET-2600
" Expression XP-640
" Stylus C88+
Brother MFC-J870DW
So far as I can tell, all these work with Linux, but I could stand confirmation on this. Anyone feel like double checking for me?
Hi Tecolote,

I have no experience with the models you are looking at, but (not to muddy the waters ...) can give you positive feedback on the OfficeJet Pro line from HP - been using one for several years. I like that the ink cartridges (4 of them) and print heads (2) are separate - lower cost of operation. Reliable so far and very well supported by linux.

Cheers.
 
Old 08-13-2018, 11:01 AM   #3
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I'd concur with RicKKKK. I have been using other makes/models of inkjet printers for years and a couple of years back my old canon printer gave up the ghost. Needless to say I needed to print something important that evening a quick internet search gave HP printers a good review so I went out and purchased an HP Officejet 6700 Premium at a good price in my local supermarket, never looked back as it's reliable, has a scanner and inkjet refills aren't too expensive. Drivers are available for HP printers in Linux and no problems with them that's I've seen.
 
Old 08-13-2018, 11:09 AM   #4
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+1 for HP OfficeJet Pro. Mine is older, an 8600 series. Plug and play.

Sorry...also no experience with the models you posted.
 
Old 08-13-2018, 11:16 AM   #5
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Tecolote,

The Brother MFC-J870DW is supported in Linux:

http://support.brother.com/g/b/downl...s_eu_as&os=128

See post #5 on:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...5c-4175598200/

NB Change the model name etc in the above instructions for downloading and installing the Brother MFC-J870DW Linux drivers.
 
Old 08-13-2018, 08:34 PM   #6
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+1 for HP printers. HP's Linux support is unmatched by that of any other manufacturer.
 
Old 08-20-2018, 05:00 PM   #7
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I'd concur with RicKKKK. I have been using other makes/models of inkjet printers for years and a couple of years back my old canon printer gave up the ghost. Needless to say I needed to print something important that evening a quick internet search gave HP printers a good review so I went out and purchased an HP Officejet 6700 Premium at a good price in my local supermarket, never looked back as it's reliable, has a scanner and inkjet refills aren't too expensive. Drivers are available for HP printers in Linux and no problems with them that's I've seen.
The HP inkjets were considered and tossed for various reasons. I require above average print quality for photos and graphics. According to user reviews, the only HP models capable of this were way beyond my budget. According to user reviews, the HP models have some sort of spyware (HP Touchpoint Analytics Client) that is a devil to disable, plus the 'Webscan' problem. I vaguely recall other problems, but not specifics. Like I said, out of 21 choices, I narrowed it down to these five.
 
Old 08-20-2018, 05:04 PM   #8
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Tecolote,

The Brother MFC-J870DW is supported in Linux:

http://support.brother.com/g/b/downl...s_eu_as&os=128

See post #5 on:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...5c-4175598200/

NB Change the model name etc in the above instructions for downloading and installing the Brother MFC-J870DW Linux drivers.
Is there any way to be sure the Linux support includes MX Linux? When I was narrowing down the choices, I saw various stuff like one printer worked in Red Hat, but when I dug deeper, that was all it supported.
 
Old 08-20-2018, 06:54 PM   #9
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HP Support

Hi,

I know it not on your list, but i have to give a thumbs up to a company that support Linux users.
I own two HP printers, one is a HP Photosmart C7280 All-in-One Printer and the other is a Laserjet Pro MFP M127fw, and no matter witch Linux OS is installed, they both work very well.
The HP support is good compare to other brand, i just type
Code:
hp-setup
in a terminal and it download the latest drivers, install it and guide you trough the configuration.
 
Old 08-21-2018, 02:14 AM   #10
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Tecolote,

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Is there any way to be sure the Linux support includes MX Linux?
There is nothing to worry about.

MX Linux is based on Debian, so on the Brother Downloads page simply select Linux (deb) and follow the instructions given previously.
 
Old 08-21-2018, 05:21 AM   #11
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I do work for Print Shops, and I keep seeing Brother printers.

If we here have to get another printer it will be a Brother, because of their refillable ink system.
We now have an HP, which is not so bad for our usage, but it wants to waste expensive ink cartridges,
and HP has programmed the machine to make things difficult. We are spending way above reasonable cost
per page just because of ink cartridge problems. The printer is currently down because the blue cartridge suddenly became unreadable by the HP ink
cartridge (no-you-shall-not-use-anything-but-a-new-HP-cartridge) system.
 
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:30 PM   #12
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I managed to track down these:

http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/se.../searchModule:

Epson
SUPPORT
DOWNLOADFAQMANUALLICENSE AGREEMENTLINK
Search Result
3 items

ET-200
Linux
previous 20 items next 20 items
Product Name Category Operation System Version Module Name Language Release Date
ET-2700 Series
Printer Driver Linux
1.6.29 ESC/P-R Driver (generic driver) All language
09-14-2018 Download
ET-2700 Series
Printer Driver Linux
1.0.2 Epson Printer Utility French
Dutch
German
Spanish
Italian
Russian
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
Chinese (Simplified)
English (US)
Portuguese (Brazil)
Spanish (Mexico)
09-14-2018 Download
ET-2700 Series
Scanner Driver Linux
1.3.37 All-in-one package All language
09-10-2018 Download
previous 20 items next 20 items

and:

Search Result
3 items

ET-2600LinuxLinux
Linux
previous 20 items next 20 items
Product Name Category Operation System Version Module Name Language Release Date
ET-2600 Series
Printer Driver Linux
1.6.29 ESC/P-R Driver (generic driver) All language
09-14-2018 Download
ET-2600 Series
Printer Driver Linux
1.0.2 Epson Printer Utility French
Dutch
German
Spanish
Italian
Russian
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
Chinese (Simplified)
English (US)
Portuguese (Brazil)
Spanish (Mexico)
09-14-2018 Download
ET-2600 Series
Scanner Driver Linux
1.3.37 All-in-one package All language
09-10-2018 Download
previous 20 items next 20 items

Could someone please check these to make sure it's what is needed? I only require an inkjet to print from the computer, so the rest of the 'multifunction' junk is useless to me. I'll be buying one of the two models in October, unless someone tells me the above drivers are bogus. Sorry for sounding paranoid, but don't want to waste anymore money on another paperweight like the previous Canon Pixma.
 
Old 09-16-2018, 10:39 PM   #13
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Is there any way to be sure the Linux support includes MX Linux? When I was narrowing down the choices, I saw various stuff like one printer worked in Red Hat, but when I dug deeper, that was all it supported.
I have an older MFC-5440 and it has worked great with .deb & .rpm distros. MX Linux is based on Debian so it should work. HP printers also work well with Linux.
 
Old 09-17-2018, 02:25 AM   #14
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Tecolote,

As far as I can tell there are Linux drivers available for the Epson ET-2600 and ET-2700 models, but not the ET-200.

You should only need the Epson Printer Utility for each of these and not the generic driver.

Please note that in order to install the Epson Inkjet Printer Driver, you need to install the package of LSB 3.2 beforehand:

Code:
sudo apt-get install lsb
 
  


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