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Re: [opensuse] Printer Recommendation?
  • From: Johannes Meixner <jsmeix@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:14:14 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.1.10.0809020900540.1510@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>


On Aug 31 11:48 Lew Wolfgang wrote (shortened):
... needing a printer I can use directly
from 11.0 with cups. Can anyone recommend a fairly good
color printer that will work well with cups? A network
interface is also desirable.

In gereneral see

Regarding HP:

HP is currently the only manufacturer who provides a free software
driver package for printers and all-in-one devices which we provide
since a very long time in Suse Linux and openSUSE, see

Carefully check
in particular

It is crucial to have exact model names because small differences
in model names can make big differences regarding support status.
E.g. LaserJet 1018 and 1020 are only supported by a newer HPLIP
and require a proprietary binary-only plug in, see
but LaserJet 1015 and 1022 are supported even by old HPLIP
and Color LaserJet 2600 is not supported by newest HPLIP
but Color LaserJet 2500 is supported even by old HPLIP and
Color LaserJet 2605 is PostScript and doesn't require HPLIP at all.

Regarding all-in-one devices:

HP stand-alone scanners are not very well supported, see
in contrast to scanners in HP all-in-one devices, see

Regarding network devices:

Third-party printserver boxes usually support only simple
unidirectional data transfer from the PC to the printer.
Therefore plain printing usually works - but even for
plain printing there is no guarantee, see for example
Usually nothing else (e.g. scanning, sending faxes)
works with non-HP printserver boxes.

Best network support can be expected when there is a HP built-in
network card which matches exactly to the model i.e. where HP offers
the model with a built-in network card out-of-the-box and when the
technical data sheet of HP claims network support for Unix-like
operating systems.

See the info at HP:
Network support indicates built-in ethernet and/or wireless networking.
Alternatively, many devices may be operated on the network using an
external JetDirect print server. Not all network configurations are
supported. Please refer to the HPLIP FAQs for more information.
Question: What network print servers are supported?
Answer: Currently we have only tested HP JetDirect devices with HPLIP.
No other network print servers are supported.

Kind Regards
Johannes Meixner
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, Maxfeldstrasse 5, 90409 Nuernberg, Germany
AG Nuernberg, HRB 16746, GF: Markus Rex
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