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Linux.com: Six Multifunction Printers for Linux

Dec 08, 2003, 07:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"Have you been looking for an 'All-in-one' (aka known as MFP, multi-function printer) for your Linux desktop? So have we, with somewhat mixed results. We found no MFPs in our price range (under $500.00) which are shipped with drivers for Linux. But we did find a number of MFPs which are usable on Linux machines, thanks to free software drivers available either with your Linux distribution or on the Internet. Be warned, however, that not every feature or function of many of the printers we found work with the free drivers. Here's the story on what we found, along with six specific MFPs that work with free software drivers and Linux to consider during your holiday shopping.

"We found no MFPs where fax (send or receive) worked with the free software drivers for Linux. Fax is a common feature which appears on many MFPs and so the reason for the lack of fax support isn't clear to me.

"Are Winmodem's used exclusively in MFPs, or is it something else? For that matter, why aren't there Linux drivers provided by the manufacturers? My own guess as to the answer for both questions is that we won't find out until the next anti-trust case against Microsoft..."

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