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Linux/Windows compatible multi printer?

By Shanghai Sam ·
I've also posted this question on the Support/Linux forum but since I'm not sure if that's the best place to ask this question I thought I'd also post it here.

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I am in the market for a multi-function printer. I'd like to try to keep the price below $500 (if possible) and I'd like it to have scanning (prefer flatbed but if not possible will consider sheetfed), copying, faxing and of course printing.

I'll use this printer for mine and my boyfriend's home network. We only occassionally do any printing but I am hoping to use the scanning/copying abilities for some prints of my watercolor paintings and even some of my small w/c paintings themselves (hence the preference for flatbed).

Currently I have a dual boot Win98/Linux debian pc (which I am hoping to upgrade to WinXP/Linux) and his is a Redhat linux-only pc so linux driver availability is a big concern.

I would be interested in hearing anyone's recommendations for a multi-function printer that would fit the above requirements.

Thank you,

Dana

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Linux/Windows compatible multi printer?

by cpfeiffe In reply to Linux/Windows compatible ...

Will this be a network printer or will it be directly attached to the PC? If it is a network printer you may have better luck with drives. As long as the printer has a JetDirect network card in it you can manage it by installing HP's JetAdmin on the Linux OS. If it is directly attached you will have to make sure you can drive it from Linux. In most cases you are OK. Some printers even specify Linux on their descriptions. Typically, any of the newer model printers will work, especially HP's.

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