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    What are the most friendly printers with linux

    I am looking to buy a printer and I want to know some printers that are extremely friendly with Linux.
    thanks

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    Re: What are the most friendly printers with linux

    HP .. hands down!
    I have also had good luck with Epson (the high end stuff)
    Rotten luck with Lexmark (Dell), as most of them do NOT work out of the box.
    Off and on with Cannon.

    Rule of thumb, if you bought your printer at a drug store from an aisle display and paid under 50 bucks for it, good chance it won't work.
    Or if it costs more for ink carts than it cost for the printer, you have a boat anchor, door stop, truck chock unless you are willing to do a LOT of work and research to get the proper drivers installed.

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    Re: What are the most friendly printers with linux

    It's generally acknowledged that Hewlett Packard models have tremendous support. Epsons tend to work well too, and Brother generally supplies its own Linux drivers. Before you buy check out any candidates at the OpenPrinting site here.

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    Re: What are the most friendly printers with linux

    going by my recent research for printers I would agree HP,
    and you can get them fairly cheap now too,
    an all in one F4580 wifi costs less than £40UK at the mo, (about <$70us?)

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    I would say HP but lately their build quality is driving me nuts. Maybe I got unlucky with the 8500 I bought, but After taking the first one back I think it is just the way it is designed.
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    Re: What are the most friendly printers with linux

    HP is plug and play in ubuntu.

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    Re: What are the most friendly printers with linux

    HP works, but IME Brother works just as well. It can take a little more work to get the scanner driver installed, because you have to do it manually, but once it's there Brothers work very well, and Brother provides Linux support for everything. Installing HPLIP has been all that was necessary to get every HP printer I've tried working, but as noted, HP quality is not quite perfect. My next printer will likely be a Brother.

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    Re: What are the most friendly printers with linux

    I've got 2 printers plugged in at the same time in Ubuntu 9.10
    HP Officejet 6210 inkjet fax/scan/print
    brother laser hl 2410

    the brother is new.
    both work perfectly. in fact, the HP has been hell getting to work with vista and win7. The 600 MB director software doesn't scan color properly, and scans are washed out. Most times, the app won't even open. I've installed it in a win2k guest in Virtualbox.

    HPLIP (included with Ubuntu, but the new version from HP is wonderful) installed easily, and even gives me readoutsof the remaining ink. so it works better in ubuntu than it has in 10 years since I was running win2k.

    brother works great. don't think I even installed the included drivers. just doesn'thave "toner saver" option, which looks like crap anyhow.

    so printing in ubuntu is easier than with windows, in my experience.
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    Cool Re: What are the most friendly printers with linux

    Hp
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    Re: What are the most friendly printers with linux

    I'm one that's NOT a fan of HP home products, won't allow anything new made by HP in my house, but hold on to the stuff we already have!

    I just purchased a NEW Konica/Minolta Magicolor 1650EN Color Laser to replace the Minolta/QMS Magicolor 2300W!

    It comes with a pair of Linux drivers for PostScript and PCL so it works great with CUPS AND unlike the 2300W You CAN change the cartridges from Linux or the onboard controls. The 2300W required a WinDOZE computer to change the cartridges, but ran perfect on Ubuntu Hardy!

    The 2300W ran us about 12 cents per page, the new one 1650EN about 15 cents per page using new cartridges, refills of course or much less. Price was under 250 bucks new! SPEED is about 3 times faster than the 2300W, but more importantly, First Page Out is under 30 seconds, then they FLY.......

    We've ran everything from Brother, Canon, Epson, Lexmark in a commercial setting without problems under Ubuntu, except for HP products which often won't even run on a WinDOZE computer with HP's LOGO on it, both of the same vintage!

    My next printer will probably be another Minolta also!
    I'm VERY PLEASED with them and their longevity, plus excellent customer service.

    TTUL
    Gary

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