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Old 05-06-2015, 04:16 AM   #1
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Smile best printer ubuntu 15.04


Want to buy a new color printer, can anybody inform me which printer - not too expensive - works well with ubuntu ? Had a lot of trouble with my old HP laserjet 1020. Am considering Epson XP-620, but saw a lot of problems there too.
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:12 AM   #2
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miramarcos,

Most HP printers work well with Linux thanks to hplip:

http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...all/index.html

The HP 8620 is excellent and is currently on discount in the UK:

http://www.ebuyer.com/629406-hp-offi...printer-a7f65a

The reviews for the HP 8620 are very positive, unlike several other printers:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revi...RankDescending

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Old 05-06-2015, 07:30 AM   #3
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I guess everyone has different experiences but I use an HP Officejet 6700 Premium and it works perfectly - I didn't have to do anything in Xubuntu. My Nexus 10 tablet automatically detected it on the network and configured itself too!
 
Old 05-06-2015, 10:22 AM   #4
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I agree with HP as a choice. Their support of Linux is great. I have never had a problem getting my boxes to find the printer (wireless) and the hplip toolbox is great.
 
Old 05-06-2015, 10:41 AM   #5
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Throw in another vote for HP. We have a HP Photosmart C4240 that hasn't had any problems in the ten years that we've had it.
 
Old 05-06-2015, 10:56 AM   #6
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HP printers

Hi,
Thanks for your kind advice, but when I look at the technical descriptions, e.g. HP officejet 6830, I can only see compatible with Windows 8 etc, Mac etc. but no Linux or Ubuntu. Can I install such a printer on Ubuntu anyway ?
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:02 AM   #7
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Hi,
Thanks for your kind advice, but when I look at the technical descriptions, e.g. HP officejet 6830, I can only see compatible with Windows 8 etc, Mac etc. but no Linux or Ubuntu. Can I install such a printer on Ubuntu anyway ?
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I've never seen a single product actively marketed as Linux-compatible (exceptions being System76 and the like). The best thing you can do is find a few printers that you're interested in and look around (LQ has a Hardware Compatibility List, click "HCL" at the top of the page) to see if other people have tried it.
 
Old 05-06-2015, 11:04 AM   #8
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Maybe this will help: Linux Hardware Guide - most HP printers get 5 stars for Linux compatibility. The 6830 already has support according to this site.

For posterity:

The HP Officejet Pro 6830 is a all-in-one inkjet printer. It is fully supported under Linux by the HPLIP Linux driver since version 3.14.10.

This driver is already part of the Ubuntu distribution and can be installed by:


Code:
sudo apt-get install hplip hplip-gui
Alternatively, for other Linux distributions the original driver can be downloaded from SourceForge:

Code:
wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/hplip/hplip-3.14.10.run
and is installed by:

Code:
sh hplip-3.14.10.run
Hope that helps.

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Old 05-06-2015, 11:41 AM   #9
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miramarcos,

The HP 6830 is well supported by Linux:

http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web..._pro_6830.html

You need to follow the "Walkthrough" instructions for installing hplip:

http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...all/index.html
 
Old 05-06-2015, 03:30 PM   #10
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If you use your printer with USB, just connect it and most of the time, will auto-install and it will just work, especially HP printers. Over the network, its a little more work, but still pretty easy using CUPS.

To use CUPS, go to your web browser and type in ( localhost:631 ) without parenthesis. Click Administration, Add Printer, type in root for ID and root password. Then choose AppSocket/HP JetDirect, then type in ( socket://hostname:9100). You only have to change the hostname part to the IP address of the printer. Type in whatever name you want, then continue, then choose Make HP and choose a postscript driver closest to the model of yours. Pretty much most postscript drivers will work. Choose add printers, and thats it. hit Maintenece then Test Print. voila...

Also Espon works good. I have both at home and all ours are HP at work using Centos.
 
  


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