Which printer brand works best with openSUSE Tumbleweed(Linux)?


My old Epson printer died just now…

Which printer brand works best with openSUSE Tumbleweed(Linux).
Need a new inkjet printer with scanner and fax - something that is plug and play on Linux.

Please let me know, thanks!


HP has always worked for me with Linux, including TW.

Likewise, no issues.

Samsung works fine, Epson works fine.
HP has been trial and error - there are too many versions - there must be 3000 different drivers.
The HP is supposed to be the easiest, I don’t agree.

All are easy to install just bring up a browser and go to to install a printer.

Worst: Canon, terrible customer support attitude. I won’t buy anything it makes ever again.

HP as a matter of policy I won’t buy, too big a company and products too cheaply made for me to patronize absent other options.

Brother is my current, and I would buy again, in part due to better legacy support than any but Epson, which AFAIK doesn’t make lasers.


A family member had a never used HP OfficeJet 3830.
Pretty straightforward install on Tumbleweed.
Everything seems to be working, thanks!


Just to say that I have used Turboprint now for some years with very good success even with Canon printers, I know it’s commercial and I’m not associated with it in any way other than a satisfied user and is the only commercial s/w I use. If you are having a problem then it’s worth a look as it might get you out of a hole! It does have a 30 day free trial.


Searching the net, which brand and models that are working in linux will help.
Here, I have HP, Canon and Brother. I was able to make it work in linux.
My favorite is “brother”. I have two of this, all working.:slight_smile:
Very efficient with the ink.

For future reference you could check on the “OpenPrinting Database” openprinting:database:databaseintro [Wiki] to obtain an indication of Linux support for a printer you were considering…


If you’ve purchased a network (Ethernet or WLAN/WiFi) printer then:

  1. In ‘/etc/nsswitch.conf’ make sure that the following line is present: “hosts: files mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns”
  2. Enable the following systemd services:
  • avahi-daemon.service
  • dbus-org.freedesktop.Avahi.service
  • avahi-daemon.socket

Make sure that the Avahi mDNS/DNS-SD systemd services have started and, are running.CUPS and YaST should then be able to automatically find your printer on the network and configure it.

Oki. I have used Oki Laser Black & White printers with openSUSE for last 12 years with no problems. Printers connected by Ethernet to router serve 3 openSUSE LEAP 15.1 machines which also operate on openSUSE Tumbleweed when Tumbleweed is started on external USD drives with Current Tumbleweed.
LEAP used for production. Tumbleweed for leisure/browsing/experimentation.