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On 06/09/2013 09:52 AM, Alex Thurgood wrote:
Le 07/06/2013 12:33, Tom Davies a écrit :

Hi Tom,

Does anyone know of companies that do product-lines that are easily compatible with Gnu&Linux?

My 2cents :

Canon : OK for workgroup printing, even fairly complicated option stuff *_IF_* you manage to get hold of a PPD file that you can then fiddle with to add the missing options that you don't get with their standard driver...

Absolute crap for everything else, scanning, photocopying, faxing directly from the PC client, even under Mac. They write all their driver stuff for Windows first, then as an afterthought for Mac, and by extension Linux/Unix OSes. This may have changed in the last three years, as I haven't tested recently, but we had one hell of a bad time with the rented Canon iR Fax/Photocopier/Scanner/Printer that a rather clueless associate of mine decided to have put into the firm I was working in at the time. The sales support were equally lacking in proficiency - what's Linux ? No one uses OSX anymore, etc, etc. You might want to check today, though, you never know, they might have had an epiphany !!

We switched to HP - much better support, and the technicians were mostly OS agnostic (sales support as usual only knew that it ran in a Windows OS environment). However, printing quality and colour rendering was not always up to par with the HP device compared to the Canon. Swings and roundabouts, I guess.


I found my Linux packages at the UK support site, since the USA site/division does not support Linux. The USA site supports both Windows and Mac OSX.
For the "quality" issues you have . . .

For my MG6220 printer [bought for printing labels directly on DVD media], The photo copying and photo printing was better than my Epson inkjet ever was. The printer uses Black, Photo Black, Gray, and the 3 colors for ink cartridges. The scanning of a color document/image was better than the other 2 printer/scanners I have/had. It does not have a FAX option, but I have a stand alone FAX option on a different printer so I did not spend the extra money.

Actually the Linux driver was for the "generic" 6200 series, since the 6220 is a USA printer and the 6230 was the same printer but for the UK power and such. Linux has many of the Canon printers included in its printer database, but the new[er] MG6200 series was not and I had to install 2 .deb files for the printing and 2 for the Canon scanner package. The printer has the USB port, but uses wired and wireless network options. I do not use any USB only printers right now.

By-the-way - Linux Mint 13 and 14 will not "find" that Canon printer on the network, even if I give it the network IP address. It will only work as a USB printer. I was testing out Mint/MATE [MATE being the default desktop] for a possible option over Ubuntu/MATE.

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