Printers Just Work

An acquaintance interested in trying Linux told me today, during our conversation about golf, that he was afraid to try it for fear his printer with integrated scanner and fax wouldn’t work.

Fear not though, for the vast majority of printers, Linux is quite capable of interfacing with them just fine!

Even if Linux doesn’t recognize your machine, the generic printer driver will likely work. Last year, being sick and tired of spending more for printer ink than the printing was worth to me, I bought a Canon laser printer.

MF4800

MF4800

What I picked up was a small-business, Canon plain paper laser printer with fax machine and scanning build in. One nice feature of the new printer, was that it was WiFi enabled, so it didn’t need to be connected directly to a computer. Instead, I put the printer next to a phone jack. We seem to have need of sending and receiving lots of faxes on the farm, and is one of the reasons we bought this machine.

As with most high end printers, even though the default printer driver worked fine for printing; a visit to the Canon web site found a Linux printer driver made for my machine. Having the package from Canon, lets me make further adjustment to the print settings. The setting most important to me, was the ability to automatically do 2 sided printing. The Cannon has a built-in duplexer for 2 sided copies and prints.

Print Setup

Print Setup

So don’t let a fear of peripherals not working, keep you trying Linux. Printers, scanners, and the like will work just fine!