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For Linux printing - i.e. via LO

My use of this driver set for the HP laser has more than the strictly "postscript" version.


There are many more tray options, including the types of paper in the trays.

In the USA, I found it hard to find Linux drivers for my Canon printer.

So the key would be to find out which Printer has the best Linux driver[s] with the most tray options, from the tray number to the types of paper in that tray.

So far, HP may have the better options for me.

What it is like in Europe with its printer options and availability of Linux drivers, I have no clue. But I would look into the drivers thoroughly. I wonder if you can install the drivers without having the printers installed so you can test the drivers for their options within LO.

The same "hpcups" driver would not give me tray options when printing an email using Thunderbird, as it did with LO. SO, it is important to test the drivers with the packages you will be needing.

As for the big, copy/printer/collate/stapling machine, They have it on the office downstairs. IT is also a FAX machine. These are the type of all-in-one machines that many offices choose and we really need to make sure that LO, with the OS's drivers, can access all of the needed functions included withing that office printing device.

On 06/07/2013 08:55 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Brilliant answer!  Thanks :)

The Konica C253 looks about the right size.

I've not had much luck with the Cups website nor the OpenPrinting one but it looks like they might 
have reorganised it, or else you are better at using it.  My money would be on the latter if i had 
to make a bet on it.

Thanks and regards from
Tom :)

From: Mieszko Kaczmarczyk <>
To: Tom Davies <>
Cc: "Users@Global.LibreOffice.Org" <Users@Global.LibreOffice.Org>
Sent: Friday, 7 June 2013, 12:54
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] printers compatible with Gnu&Linux

W dniu 2013-06-07 12:33, Tom Davies pisze:
Does anyone know of companies that do product-lines that are easily compatible with Gnu&Linux?

See as beginning -
remember - sometimes you will have to (re)install driver manually,
sometimes replace the driver from distro (HP P1100 & Mandriva).

For work I use HP and Konica - both work.  Tested on Debian 4-7 and
Mandriva up to 2012.

I divide the Konica in two groups - full version (my models: C253,
4695MF) works in PCL&PS and version light - chipper but risk to work.

Similar is problem with HP - see CUPS documentation for support.
Generally HP works out of the box (my private HP-8500 multifunction I
connected via USB and Debian7 autoinstalled), but some models don't
understand PCL and/or PS.  The HPijs also doesn't support all models.

If you want to use the special function like auto-rotation paper-sheet
function Landscape=>Portrait (eg Ricoh multifunction devices) - first
download PPD file and see is this function exists or not.  If you need
other languages in print dialog-box than English the translate messages
in PPD file is the easier way.

Forget about Brother if you use 64bit distro, the drivers works OK only
in 32bit version.  Of course you can install on 64bit but it gives more
problems that can be imagine in different kind like moved print-content
always 5cm up and cut from the bottom.

      + if printer support PCL and/or PS and/or hpijs
      + is PPD on the OpenPrinting website with remark "Perfectly"
      + is printer as vendor+model+connection-kind described in CUPS docs
      total: 90% of proof it will work.

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