[OT] Linux Printers
gedgezilla at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 16:45:56 MDT 2007
many years ago- I had to purchase printers for UNIX [solaris] network. Back
then- the company I worked for kept everything PostScript. Made it feasible
on the UNIX side- on the windows side it also kept everything consistent.
At the time the /cheap/ printer was an HP2100TN. You paid extra for the
Post Script features and you paid extra for the network printserver.
couple years ago- I bought the next generation in that line for home.
HP2300. It appears that HP has assimilated [or emulates] PostScript as part
of their newer PCL [Printer Control Language]. I first saw this on one of
the really cheap low end [hp1300] printers. You could feed in raw PS code
and it knew what to do.
If you have PostScript language available- you can set the printer up with a
raw driver. Also makes it nice on the windows side. After installing the
windows driver- search for the .ppd [PostScript Printer Description] file.
With this- you can download the generic Adobe driver. The driver will ask
you for the ppd file [as do some of the newer linux drivers and programs].
overall- the newer HP printers should be good- just look for PostScript and
everything should work well.
On 9/10/07, Joseph Hall <joseph at thatworks.com> wrote:
> I hate to go off topic by asking about something Linux related, but I
> need some opinions, preferably on Linux-friendly printers. Can anyone
> direct me to a good Linux-friendly printer that is currently on the
> market? I'm not looking for much. At the moment, I only have the
> occasional file that I need to print out (mostly airline boarding
> passes for work), but I'm sure that if I brought a printer home, my
> wife would be interested in printing out photos.
> Does anyone have any current printers that they have found to work
> reasonably well in recent Linux distros?
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