[CentOS] Canon PIXMA mg5420 or HP Photo Smart 7520

Tue Sep 9 13:51:16 UTC 2014
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On Mon, September 8, 2014 11:12 pm, dE wrote:
> On 09/09/14 04:36, ken wrote:
>> In need of a new printer, having done a bit or research, and
>> considering either the Canon PIXMA mg5420  or the HP Photo Smart 7520.
>> There are Linux drivers for the Photosmart which are supposed to
>> handle both the printer and the scanner.  But in my research I haven't
>> found (yet) anyone who's gotten the scanner to work with Linux on the
>> Photosmart, let alone the sheet feeder for it. Allegedly there are
>> instructions and requirements for using the fax on Linux.  But I'd
>> like to hear from someone who has actually gotten all of this working
>> on Linux (either debian or centos) and which version of which distro
>> is needed.
>> The Canon PIXMA mg5420 doesn't have a fax or a sheet feeder for its
>> scanner, but I'm guessing it's even dodgier to get just its
>> single-sheet flatbed scanner and its printer working with Linux. So
>> has anyone had success with that?
>> I've also read horror stories about the how often new ink cartridges
>> are required, that basically you pay for the printer a second and
>> third time buying cartridges (not to mention how often a print job is
>> interrupted by a trip to buy new cartridges).  Any first-hand reports
>> on that?
>> Whoever thought spending money would be so tough?
>> Thanks for your knowledge and experience.
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> HP has official Linux support.
> We have a clear winner.

+1 for HP printers in general (though I'm familiar mostly with laser
ones). Very robust, you will be able to get supplies during very long
printer life (e.g. we have LaserJet 4050 at least 13 years old, gets used
all the time, print quality is decent, and HP still manufactures toners
for it).

Stay away from Xerox. They went bad some 6 years ago or so in my book;
they invented way so no aftermarket manufacturers will make supplies for
their printers. I wouldn't care about that, but: they stopped making
consumables for printers 6 or 7 years old. So, I (yes, me too) have Xerox
paperweight perfectly capable to work, but without supplies...

I don't know much about Canon, someone may weigh in here.


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Valeri Galtsev
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