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Mod note: The entire network is pretty against shopping recommendation questions; there was an attempt to edit this one to avoid it, but it seems to have failed. The goal is "how do I decide which printer to buy", not "which printer should I buy". If you're naming a specific model in your answer, you're probably doing it wrong

I am interested in purchasing a printer and scanner and would very much like the convenience of using an all-in-one model. The issue is that I am a very strict user of Debian GNU/Linux. I have heard very bad things about all-in-one support.

I'm looking for low-end (preferably even store-bought models) that I can safely print and scan with, using free software. If I have to install a non-free binary driver; I would do so, but it wouldn't be my preference. However, I do want to ensure it works with Debian.

What resources can I consult before buying to ensure the model I select will work? And if only a few models work, how can I find the needle in the haystack?

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This site helps find linux-compatible printers: http://linuxdeal.com/printers.php?type=aio

This site helps let you know if printers you already have or want are linux-compatible: http://www.openprinting.org/printers

  • I found a model called an HP Desktjet 2050, and it was recommended on the hplip site. It printed fine but the scanner did not work. I upgraded to hplip in unstable and it all works. Thanks for all the answers! – NightwishFan May 12 '11 at 2:39

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