[clug] Printer supplies - advice sought

Rodney Peters rodneyp at pcug.org.au
Fri Jan 8 21:26:45 MST 2010

On Saturday 09 Jan 2010 06:00:05 linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
> Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 08:42:51 +0000 (UTC)
> From: Felix Karpfen <felix at spodzone.org.uk>
> To: linux at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [clug] Printer supplies - advice sought
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> On Fri, 08 Jan 2010 12:35:32 +1100, Brians wrote:
> > 
> > 1) Some printers are better supported by linux and in my experience HP
> > is one.
> I consider that the HP software packages (which work in a Linux 
> environment) to be just great.
> But I have problems with the hardware,
> I would gladly pay more money for a printer that is more robust.  But the 
> extra money just appears to buy extra features (fax machine; copier; huge 
> print volume [laser printer]) that I neither need nor want. I would even 
> cheerfully forego the multi-colour feature, if I could find an inkjet 
> printer that runs with only a black cartridge.  I now use the CUPS 
> software to tell the printer to ignore its colour cartridge.
The long superceded Canon 4000 series have all the features you seek - 
vertical paper feed, single large black cartridge etc and are old enough to 
have a Linux driver, but like most inkjets are inclined to clog up.  These are 
throw-away items amongst the shutterbugs because they have neither the 
resolution nor specialty photo inks needed for good photos.

> I am starting to regret that I threw out my old Epson impact printer; it 
> was built like a tank!  In its day, the printer ribbons cost $10!  And it 
> had a vertical sheet-feeder!
> > 4) Getting ethernet & Postscript usually means a getting a slightly more
> > expensive printer and it is usually better built and has better paper
> > handling so generally less problems.
> To me, these seem just more features that I will never use.  And I would 
> probably tie myself in knots while learning how to configure such a 
> printer.
ethernet is useful mainly if more than one computer shares the printer.  
Configuring it is not difficult.  Some of the installers will find such a 
printer automatically and all you need to do is change the paper size from 

CUPS will let you configure a non-existent printer if you want to check it 
> Felix Karpfen
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