Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last
2015 Archives by date, by thread · List index

On 01/26/2015 06:02 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Yeh i have Cups installed but this Oki printer is annoying even on
Windows.  For the other Oki printer the company were kind enough to
include a Ppd file on their installer Cd and on their website so all i
needed to do there was double-click on that file.

Mostly Hewlett Packard printers work well with almsot anything.  As it
happens they tend to be a LOT more rugged and last a lot longer with a
lot less maintenance.  Also inks and toners tend to cost a lot less.
So running costs tend to be a lot lower but ymmv.  Sadly a lot of
businesses see ancient Hp's in other people's offices and fancy
getting something a bit more modern looking and shiny.  They don't
seem to think about why all other makes tend to look a lot newer.

HP third-party ink are hit or miss for working properly - due to the new chips added to their ink cartridges. Their ink tank technology is a bit different so it is easier to get the non-OEM ink to work.

Canon third-party ink seems to not have as much issues.

Yes, the newer Canon printers are getting more hit or miss for Linux support. Also, there are dependency issues for the older printers on 14.04 and above so that the photos and images colors are really off. This desktop is still using 13.xx based OS since my default photo printer has that issue. The newest fax printer [plus photos] does not have that issue, but it does not have the best tray to use for ease of switching photo paper to various sizes.

Cannon are a bit hit&miss.  It's difficult to figure out which
companies are good and which tend to be a bit rubbish.  Sometimes the
Ppd driver file is on the European version of a company's website but
blocked from being accessed in the US or some other countries!  Some
printers only need a little bit of work to get them working.  Lots
work easily but an annoying amount are still very tricky.

Also it can vary a LOT between different models.  It's not even a case
that newer models work better so it's not easy to predict which will
work and which is going to be troublesome.

I'd just about given up on ever getting the Oki C810 to ever work and
just relied on using the Oki MB471 instead, until i installed Kubuntu
and noticed it getting some sort of response from the C810.

If i have a choice over which type of printer to get i go with Hewlett
Packard.  I did sign the petition against them investing so much in
drone technology that has been known (apparently) to kill innocent
civilians and generally terrorise people and invading their privacy.
However a LOT of tech companies are guilty of that.  The petition i
signed covered a lot of them.

I think it might help if more of us grumble directly to manufacturers
and point out that with the rise of Android, Chrome,  iThings (and
others) that they need to start support non-Windows systems more
reliably.  People might stop buying printers that don't work with most
of the systems they use!

Regards from
Tom :)

Chrome/Android and printers - bad news if you do not have a Windows system to host the print server.

On 25 January 2015 at 23:38, Don Myers <> wrote:

I've been running Ubuntu since 8.10, and have had every version though
14.04. Since 14.10 had minimal changes and since 14.04 is a Long Term
Service release, I didn't upgrade to 14.10. Every version has been the
standard, including all of the versions with Unity. All have had cups
installed in the standard install. I almost always have done clean installs,
and not upgrades.


On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM, M Henri Day <> wrote:
2015-01-21 14:02 GMT+01:00 Tom Davies <>:

Hi :)
I am just hoping some kind person will signpost me to the proper
forums so that they can help me with a couple of printing issues.  I
gather that CUPS is no longer used but i'm not sure and i don't know
what has replaced it.

At last my work-place has a couple of machines entirely using just
Kubuntu/Ubuntu and no Windows at all.

With Kubuntu LibreOffice couldn't open files on the file-server but i
fudged it by installing the whole Ubuntu DE (Unity DE and tweaks) and
now people have no problems using Kubuntu.  Printing to the
photocopier or the B&W laser printer is fine.

The only problem is trying to print to the colour printer, an Oki
C810, for which there seem to be hundreds of linux drivers but none of
them seem to work.  Actually i have only tried about a dozen drivers
but it's tricky to test them especially if my boss is around.

Also although the Kubuntu machines have no trouble printing to the B&W
photocopier but Ubuntu ones can't cope.  I have no idea how to find
the drivers on the Kubuntu machines and copy them onto the Ubuntu

Regards from
Tom :)

Tom have you tried this link :
? I'm told it works on Ubuntu....

With regard to CUPS, if I don't misremember, those file were automatically
installed on my (64-bit) Linux Mint 17.1, so I'm a tad surprised to hear
that they weren't on Ubuntu 14.04 even if, admittedly, the two distros are
not entirely identical....


To unsubscribe e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be


Don C. Myers
Manager, Farm and Rural Property Division
Mobile: (814) 571-9518, Office: (814) 231-8200, Fax: (814) 231-8220
Michelle L. Miller, Associate with Don
Co-Manager, Farm and Rural Property Division
Mobile: (814) 574-8001, Office: (814) 231-8200, Fax: (814) 231-8220
RE/MAX Centre Realty
1375 Martin Street, State College, PA 16803
Farm and Rural Property Website:
RE/MAX Centre Realty Website:
Don's Farm Website:

To unsubscribe e-mail to:
Posting guidelines + more:
List archive:
All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.