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Old 11-08-2011, 05:44 PM   #1
Tim Johnson
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Question Printer compatibility database? (ubuntu and mac lion(darwin))

We have either ubuntu or macintosh computers here.
We can use either as a print server.
We are considering getting a new printer. We want to use the printer
from either ubuntu or mac, regardless of which is doing the serving.

Is there a printer database that could help us to see if there might
be a compatibility issue regarding mac/ubuntu?

FYI: I have long experience using linux but am pretty green when it comes
to mac lion. My guess is that CUPS on the mac will pretty much automagically
handle anything, but I might be wrong.


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Old 11-08-2011, 09:27 PM   #2
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Linuxprinting dot org is the go-to site, but it's been down ever since kernel dot org got hacked.

I just checked it again tonight.

HP is very Linux friendly. In my limited home-user experience, Epson is also very good with Linux.

Based on what I've read here, Brothers and especially Canons can be problematical. Lexmarks used to be a problem, but I understand they've gotten a lot better than they were five years ago.

I'm sure others will have more experience than I.
Old 11-09-2011, 01:09 AM   #3
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Brother does offer linux drivers which works with Cups also. If interested in a Brother printer, goto their website and see if drivers are offered. I currently use a Brother MFC-5440cn, which is old, but works well with .deb and .rpm distros. I've recently got it working with Salix OS .tgz format. It also comes with a wired network setup.
Old 11-09-2011, 10:50 AM   #4
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Thank you folks. Keep 'em coming.


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