Don Marti

Wed 02 Nov 2011 06:53:30 AM PDT

Printer for Linux

Picking a printer for Linux?

The process is going to be a little different from what you might be used to with another OS. If you shop carefully (and reading blogs is a good first step) then the drivers you will need are already available through your Linux distribution's printer setup tool.

HP has done a good job with enabling this. The company has already released the necessary printer software as open source, and your Linux distribution has already installed it. So, go to printers fully supported with the HPLIP software, pick a printer you like, and you're done.

If you want a recommendation from me, the HP LaserJet 3055 black and white all-in-one device has worked fine for me with various Linux setups for years. It's also a scanner/copier/fax machine, and you get the extra functionality for not much more than the price of a regular printer. It also comes with a good-sized toner cartridge, so your cost per page is probably going to be pretty reasonable.

Other printer brands have given me more grief, but fortunately the HP LaserJets are widely available and don't jam much.

It's important not to show a smug expression on your face while printing if users of non-Linux OSs are still dealing with driver CDs or vendor downloads.

Update 19 Jul 2014: The Ubuntu web site has an article on setting up HP devices with hp-setup.

i'm looking for wireless printer. Every inch of convenience counts for busy folks.
Comment by Anonymous Thu 03 Nov 2011 06:20:14 AM PDT
The 3055 does have Ethernet, and I have it plugged into the wireless AP/Ethernet switch to print over the wireless network.
Comment by dmarti Fri 04 Nov 2011 04:00:27 PM PDT

This site helped me find a Linux printer: Linux Deal
My new HP DeskJet works great with Ubuntu.


Comment by Anonymous Mon 07 Nov 2011 03:58:54 PM PST