What are printers compatible with ubuntu

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i would like to know what type of printer to buy that is compatible with ubuntu as i purchased a lexmark and am having a hard time installing so would like to know which is the best to purchase so theres no problems or may have to switch to Microsoft

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Daniel Hollocher (chogydan) said :

Try this website: http://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/printers

While there are other printers that work with Ubuntu, the printers listed there should work with all free software, which is a greater guarantee that they will work.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

HP printers are very supported. You can consult:


You can also consult:


To see if a specific printer you have seen will play nice.

Steer clear of crap from Canon / some Lexmarks as they hate Linux.

HP is a very safe bet though.

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Paul Perkins (catmatist) said :

I've used various Linux distributions with various HP injet printers and never found one not to be supported. I have used Epson inkjet printers much less, but when I did, they worked. I would never buy a Lexmark or Cannon printer, I've heard too many tales of woe from those who did.

If you can't return the Lexmark, the following address can tell you, in theory, whether getting it to work is likely:


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

HP DeskJet D1560 printer works with hplip perfectly as does HP Deskjet F2280

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