[OT] Linux Printers

Aaron Toponce aaron.toponce at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 17:17:44 MDT 2007


Linux printers is off-topic on a LUG list?  :)
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Justin Gedge wrote:
> 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.
> 
> Justin Gedge
> 
> 
> 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?
>>
>> --
>> Joseph
>> http://blog.josephhall.com/
>>
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