[xubuntu-users] Colour Printing

Rob Ward rl.ward at bigpond.com
Sun Oct 12 08:15:29 UTC 2014

On 12/10/14 15:27, Fred Roller wrote:
> On 10/11/2014 05:55 PM, Peter Flynn wrote:
>> On 10/10/2014 02:13 AM, Fred Roller wrote:
>>> fwiw, HP has good linux support on there printers as well.
>> It's mixed. Technically I think it usually works, but the hplip system
>> can be very intrusive, generally getting in the way of printing, with
>> its own systray object, own icon, own popups, own error messages, etc.
>> But this is just the cost of using a HP printer. Most of the time it's
>> worth it, IMHO.
>> ///Peter
> I agree.  Installing printers for various clients has left me advising 
> in favor for one of two manufactures; HP or brother.  My experience 
> with a Dell printer left me with such a bad experience that I won't 
> touch them and Cannon just seems a lot of trouble. Ofc, a basic older 
> laser printer in the sweet spot of having a few years of driver/supply 
> support left in it seems to work best.  The community has had time to 
> work kinks out and put solutions in the network and the printer still 
> has a reasonable life expectancy. FWIW, that's the route I recommend 
> for most home users but it is a crap shoot (risky) to get a used 
> printer.  But I am turning this off topic.
> Another option, if it is relevant, is to maybe use the nef or raw 
> option of your camera if it has it.  I use a Nikon which allows me to 
> shoot and save in NEF file format.  Gimp requires the NEF support of 
> gimp-ufraw to translate.  When I went to set up printing it allowed to 
> configure a color profile specific to the printer... please bear in 
> mind this was a few years ago so would require a bit research and is 
> offered only as a possible pointer.
> The other idea is if a new printer is an option to look into more 
> compatible printers for your specific task.  Having switched OS's 
> altogether would not be indifferent than if you had switched to Apple 
> from Windows and thus would require a change of peripherals supported 
> by the OS.  Linux just gives you the option and community to work this 
> issue out.  If it is a matter of just getting up and running then 
> perhaps a more compatible printer might be called for in this case.  
> And as in most cases with Linux and why I love it so much: you do have 
> the choice.
Aha not exactly what I wanted to hear :)
I have my Canon set up with a Rhiac continuous flow to the cartridges 
that I have really grown to like, and appreciate.
Ink quality is great and very cheap...
Changing printers is not really an option.

Rob Ward

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