[CALUG] MFCs & Linux

Hugh Brown brownclan at gmail.com
Fri Apr 14 10:54:55 CDT 2006

This page has a list of linux supported devices:


I'd look there.  I have a PSC 1610 at home that I expect will work with
Linux but haven't gotten around to fiddling with yet.

You want a network accessible printer, but don't want to spend much time
setting up a network.  This doesn't compute.

If you really want ease of use, then get an hp printer with a jet direct
card in it and a wireless bridge.  JetDirect cards "just work" for Mac,
Windows, Linux, etc (in my experience anyway).  The problem, of course, is
that these cost more.  It's been my experience that you pay for a solution
in time or in money (and if you're lucky not both).  I've never had much
money (of my own or of the company's), so I've had to spend more time
setting things up.


On 4/12/06, Reid Sprague <r-link at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Dear Mark & Hugh,
> Thanks for the tips! Any distros that support HP devices right out of
> the box? Am considering a MadTux MiniPC, which runs off a thumbdrive,
> for the upstairs office and can come with either Knoppix or Ubuntu (but
> can run others using a HDD). We would do most of our work over a
> wireless network using our Windows, Mac & (soon I hope) Linux laptops at
> various locations downstairs. I've had pie in the sky ideas but it's
> good to know what people have actually done that works. I have studied
> networking, but never built a network & can't sink a lot of time in
> configuration and experimentation -- would like to get this up and
> running ASAP.
> Thanks very much,
> Reid
> Allbritten, Mark wrote:
> >I'm not in my office or near a pc, but HP has a linux driver support
> matrix (webpage).  Within it you can find what functions and which
> devices.  Some are fully supported some are not.
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> >From:  Hugh Brown [mailto:brownclan at gmail.com]
> >Sent:  Wed Apr 12 09:57:04 2006
> >To:    r-link at earthlink.net
> >Cc:    lug at calug.com
> >Subject:       Re: [CALUG] MFCs & Linux
> >
> >I've supported some HP models in an office environment.  The fax stuff
> >didn't work via the computer (it does with windows), but the print and
> scan
> >worked fine.
> >
> >Hugh
> >
> >On 4/11/06, Reid Sprague <r-link at earthlink.net> wrote:
> >
> >
> >>All,
> >>
> >>This is pretty basic -- just soliciting opinions and experiences.
> >>
> >>Have moved and am setting up a home office. Am getting ambiguous info
> >>regarding how well various multifunction laser machines
> >>(copy-print-scan-fax) work with Linux. For instance I was excited about
> a
> >>model made by Brother until I saw a couple of posts/opinions on other
> sites
> >>about lack of Linux support. Opinions & experiences with various
> >>units/distros in home business office environment appreciated. Will not
> >>necessarily need my Linux box to act as print server, many MFCs have
> network
> >>capability.
> >>
> >>Thanks,           Reid
> >>
> >>
> >>
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