buying a printer

David McNally david3333333 at
Fri Jan 22 21:49:10 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 3:35 PM, Johnneylee Rollins
<johnneylee.rollins at> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 11:16 AM, Karl F. Larsen <klarsen1 at> wrote:
>> sdavmor wrote:
>>> Graham Todd wrote:
>>>> On Wed, 20 Jan 2010 15:17:04 -0700 "Karl F. Larsen"
>>>> <klarsen1 at> uttered these words:
>>>>> Not so. The new printers now all have an agreed on format that
>>>>> the Linux printer driver provides. You are just out of touch.
>>>> [snipped]
>>>> FWIW, I get my printers free through Freecycle, an organisation
>>>> active here in the UK and, I believe, in the US.  People who have
>>>> something they don't want offer to give it away to somebody who
>>>> wants it, rather than increasingly fill up landfill sites.
>>>> You would be surprised at the number of people who offer to give
>>>> away printers because they've run out of ink.
>>>> You just have to google to make sure there are no issues with Linux
>>>>  (ie the printer is too old), but I have never had a printer that
>>>> didn't work under Linux.
>>> Freecycle is a terrific public service. My wife discovered it a few
>>> years ago.  We use it a lot here in Southern California both to
>>> (mostly) give and (sometimes) get computer parts.
>>        Sounds like a good idea! And yes if the age of the free
>> printer is more than about 5 years you will be good to check
>> Google first.
> I'd always check google. Just personal choice
> <Googles Freecycle to see if there is a local location>
> ~SpaceGhost
>> 73 Karl
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Well, whenever I need a printer, I first go to to see if the
printer will work with Linux.

And according to the page, the printer that you mentioned above, the
HP LaserJet P1505, works "mostly." If I were you, I'd get one that
works "perfectly," but that's just me. Of course, Johnny Rosenberg
said that it worked perfectly with his computer, so maybe you should
go with that.

And I basically agree with Karl. Nearly all printers works with Linux
these days. In my experience, setting up a printer with Ubuntu is much
easier than doing so with Windows. With Ubuntu, printers are basically
plug-and-play (or rather, plug-and-wait-30-seconds-and-play, but still
pretty good). Printers these days work pretty well with Linux, so
there probably won't be a problem if you choose the LaserJet P1505 or
another printer. However, I still think that it's best if you check
the OpenPrinting database to make sure that the printer works.

David McNally
david3333333 at
Linux Kernel 2.6.31-17-generic

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