Just listening to LftRoU 82 about HP printers.
I will agree that installing the drivers is pretty simple on GNU/Linux, but the functional support provided is not the same as with Windows or OS X. The one example I have hit so far is "Scan to PC".
If you read this
, you will see that some printers have "Yes" in the "Scan to PC" column. This does not mean that "Scan to PC" works, only printers that list "DS" in the "Scan to PC" column can actually scan to a PC. The others can only do a "Scan from PC" via SANE.
HP admit this fact in a KB article
, so why they put "Yes" when the more correct answer is "Partial" escapes me. "Scan to PC" can still work for some printers if they support "Digital Filing" (e.g. OfficeJet 8500), see this KB article
list all these printers as "working perfectly" which is something I take issue with as the support is not feature-for-feature identical to windows and OS X. Maybe I am just being overly pedantic with that?
The HPLIP team do not plan to provide support for "Scan to PC" with GNU/Linux; fair enough, they probably have other priorities. But the whole thing just rankles as I specifically chose HP due to their reported GNU/Linux support. Now I am wondering if I should have gone for a Brother or something else.
And yes, Door, I have an unrestricted motorcycle license and the bike to go with it.