[ubuntu-uk] Recommendations for a printer? HPLIP

Andy Braben andybraben at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 18:10:56 UTC 2012

I also would favour HP at first, regardless of other factors, because
> of their close relationship with the FOSS drivers. The wrapped drivers
> package I think called HPLIP is installed in Ubuntu by default, or so
> it has seemed to me anyway. However a problem I have found, via a
> novice friend who went out and and bought himself a new (end of line)
> all in one HP printer was that the regular updates in Ubuntu do not
> seem to pick up the latest HPLIP by a long way. This meant that my
> novice but stolid friend found it did not work in Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS
> (updated) and was then in conversation with the given support phone
> number (HP) for long conversations. As I discovered later, he had
> downloaded the latest HPLIP, manually, multiple times within the
> support conversation (7 times I think!) but he had not been able to
> successfully complete the subsequent instructions,  until the HP
> support politely gave up saying they did not really support Linux on
> that line. Kudos to them to persist that long!!
> Removing the old HPLIP in his Ubuntu and installing the new one
> manually was not difficult for me but it was way above my friend.
> However if the HPLIP was kept more up to date in the repos it would
> have gone along easily and probably automatically.
> --
> alan cocks
> Ubuntu user

Is that not worth a bug report? HPLIP package not kept up to date on
automatic updates?

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