I was browsing for a good deal on a combined printer/photo-printer/scanner, and in addition to looking for good print quality and network connectivity, I wanted to be forward-looking and make sure the printer will support both Windows and linux-based PCs (as the latter is what I use at home)
Googling, I found a large database of linux-supported printers at LinuxPrinting.org, as well as advice about some of the major brands (Lexmark is a no-go, Canon difficult, HP and Epson sounds like they generally work). The main message from LinuxPrinting was:
[if you don't check compatibility:] Do not buy one and expect success.Luckily there's a ton of supported printers, including sevetal multi-functional devices. HP is going out of their way to support the linux community: their HP Linux Imaging and Printing (HPLIP) drivers and software looks amazing and influenced my buying decision: a HP PhotoSmart 2575, (wired-only) network-supporting multi-functional printer is now in house and I will test it shortly...
If you're a Linux user (or a prospective linux user) shopping for gadgets, it's worth searching a bit to ensure compatibility, but more and more people are reporting the same: Linux is now supporting an enormous amount of gadgets straight out of the box. Plug and play. No need for CDs with drivers and vendor bloatware. It just works.
Anders Jacobsen |