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HP Laser 107a on Linux

Up until a couple of years ago, we had HP Color LaserJet CP1215, a regular USB printer. It was also supported on Linux with the foo2hp drivers (part of the printer-driver-foo2zjs package on Debian).

I do not remember the exact reason why we changed it. I think it was broken, each toner cost around 80€ (it had four: CYMK) and maybe some other reasons.

We switched to an HP Envy 6000, an ink-jet printer. It works, but the documents do not look sharp when printed with it, and its cartridges do not last long. So, we also bought a cheap HP Laser 107a to print in black and white.

It works fine for us, but it has a slightly annoying problem for me: officially, it is supported on Linux only with proprietary drivers. And not only are they proprietary, but they do not work at all on my system.


I do not print often: usually only for bureaucratic stuff that I do begrudgingly and with urgency. So, I decided not to fight with printers (the eternal battle of informatics 😄️). Instead, I prepare PDFs on my Linux computer, run an HTTP server with Python, and go to the other floor to print them on another computer on Windows. … [Leggi il resto]