Cheap laser printers and Ubuntu

Michael michaelg at
Tue Nov 6 05:15:40 UTC 2007

No real experience with newer laserjets but I have an old HP 4P that I 
have had since sometime in the 90s that is recognized with no problem.  
I would think any production HP would work with Gutsy.  I also have a 
newer 3900 series inkjet that is also no problem.


Albert Charron wrote:
> Caleb Marcus wrote:
>> I've been looking into a new printer, and Albert Charron's message 
>> about printers made me think that maybe I should ask the list about 
>> recommendations :)
>> I'm looking for a cheap (less than $150) laser printer that'll work 
>> well with Ubuntu... I've narrowed it down to the Brother HL-2040 and 
>> the HP LaserJet 1018. However, the HL-2040 seems to have 
>> non-Linux-related problems of its own. I was wondering if anyone who 
>> reads this list can tell me anything about these printers, and their 
>> experience using them with Ubuntu. If there's a printer that anyone 
>> thinks I should check out, tell me about that too, I'm open to 
>> recommendations. 
> Honestly, I've never looked at the Brother printers, and the only 
> experience I have with HP printers are from work (mostly a windows 
> environment), so I can't do any recommendations there.
> My printer at home is a Samsung ML-1740 laser printer that cost me 
> 129$ two years ago.  This printer isn't marketed anymore, but I have 
> friends who own other Samsung printers (ml-2010, and their 
> replacement), all working fine under Linux.
> For the ML-1740, on my Dapper server, I download the ppd file from 
> and installed it in cups. I know Samsung is 
> providing a proprietary driver for their printers, but never managed 
> to get it work under Ubuntu. Works great under other distros (tried it 
> under Mandriva and Fedora). With Feisty and Gutsy, the printer is 
> supported directly, no ppd or driver to install (at least, for my 
> 1740)... I don't print a lot, but those are doing the job just 
> right... (b/w printing only tho...)
> For Samsung printers, you can look there: 
> to see linux 
> compatibility, download ppd files and installation instructions (if 
> not already supported directly by Ubuntu)...

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