Any required plugin (found to exist online with hp) gets downloaded if you permit it to do so. I use “Alt-F2: kdesu hp-setup” to install the printer. On occasion, there is more than one driver listed and not all may work as intended. So don’t be afraid to change the default selected driver and keep track of the name that does not work right. In openSUSE 12.2 (the latest is now up to 12.3) I have had problems with the default hplip application and found the one from the Printing repository to work properly as well.
On 03/19/2013 07:26 PM, jdmcdaniel3 wrote:
> jimoe666;2538241 Wrote:
>> opensuse 12.2
>> linux v3.4.33-2.24-desktop x86_64
>> I am considering a replacement laser printer for an HP lj1300. Two
>> possibilities are the P1606 and the P2035.
>> Looking at the printer setup (CUPS), both have drivers listed but with
>> the caveat that it “requires proprietary plugin” followed by a PPD path.
>> How does one obtain said plugin? And install it?
> Any required plugin (found to exist online with hp) gets downloaded if
> you permit it to do so. I use “Alt-F2: kdesu hp-setup” to install the
> printer. On occasion, there is more than one driver listed and not all
> may work as intended. So don’t be afraid to change the default selected
> driver and keep track of the name that does not work right. In openSUSE
> 12.2 (the latest is now up to 12.3) I have had problems with the default
> hplip application and found the one from the Printing repository to work
> properly as well.
I have a P1606DN that I like very much. There is one funny thing - the initial
installation only offers a single driver that does not support duplex printing.
You need to finish the installation. Then you can edit and change the driver.
So you don’t yet have the printer install onto your PC or Network Yet?
I can only say I have had good luck using HP printers with Linux. I prefer to use printers that connect by wired or wireless networking and thus no need to print through a PC to use a printer when more than one PC exists. If you are looking to buy an HP and its driver is shown to exist, plugin or not, it should work when you get the real thing on hand. openSUSE has nothing to do with how hplip works, though we do have an effect on the version that we support. I have found that to properly serve hplip, a lot more applications needs to be installed. You can open up a terminal session and type in “hp-check -t” to see what is missing, “hp-check --fix” though manual intervention is often require to clean up every error, if you can. errors or not with “required” support applications, hplip has worked well for me. I have an hp color injet (Photosmart 7520) and b&w laser (Laserjet P1505n) right now and typically have had both over the last 20 years, only purchasing five hp printers total in that time period. I have only been using Linux since 2005, but hp has worked well for me in Linux the whole time. You could do a lot worse than using hp in Linux with the hplip application. I will say that if buying a set of inkjet cartridges cost more than the printer they work in, that printer may not last all that long, which was true on one hp printer now gone from this world. I have not made that mistake again.