Multifunction success story

Paul Gear paul at
Fri Sep 5 06:00:47 BST 2008

Hi folks,

I thought i'd just share a success story with some new hardware we
bought.  The device is an HP OfficeJet Pro L7380.  RRP is $299 but we
picked one up for considerably less than that on eBay.

After doing all of the usual unfastening of tape from every nook &
cranny in the device, and running the printer alignment, we plugged it
into my wife's desktop machine, running Ubuntu hardy (8.04 LTS).  CUPS
found the device and installed a queue for it automatically, XSane
started immediately, gave two warnings about the device being busy, and
after that worked perfectly with zero configuration.

Everything we've done with the machine has worked really well so far:
scan quality is great, printing is fast, and copying works as advertised
(we haven't tried faxing or batch scanning with the document feeder
yet).  And all of this was without ever having to install a driver disk!

Well done Ubuntu and the Free Software community, and well done HP for
making a device that works perfectly out of the box with CUPS & SANE!
I've always been a fan of HP printers, and this experience has
reinforced my fanboyism.


P.S.  A very helpful resource for me in selecting an MFP model was

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