I called Canon, and they don't seem to be interested in coming up with driver which could be used with Linux

The Canon MG3500 had everything I wanted, except the problems. Right now I don't print enough to justify buying a new printer. What really irks me is all troubleshooting issues are addressed through the installed software.

One thought I have is installing Wine, and setting up my computer using the Windos install disk.

  • I have had good results with HP and Brother printer/scanner combo devices with wifi. Both brands have very reasonable Linux support. Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 7:08

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What Not to Do

Please don't point WINE to a Windows install. See How would one run windows applications in Linux that are already Installed in a Windows Environment?, where I just answered that question.

What You Should Do

  1. Research before you buy. Visit the Printer Listings Database Page. Choose the Manufacturer, i.e. Cannon, and pick a Printer.
  2. Click Show this Printer.
  3. You want to choose a Printer that reads Works Perfectly, that has a driver listed. For example, the Canon MultiPASS C5500 has the driver bjc600 listed, but only works Partially.
  4. No matter the brand you choose, stay away from the ones listed as Paperweight.
  • I've never had a problem with any HP laser printers (although it's been a few years since I tried any new models, so things might have changed). Pretty much anything else that speaks PCL and/or postscript should be fine too.
    – cas
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 13:56
  • also, there are some things that inkjet printers are really good at (high-quality photos, for example) but if you only print infrequently (as I do), you'll often find that the ink has dried up and needs to be replaced. and if you print frequently, the cost per page for laser printers is much lower. lasers make excellent general purpose printers. Inkjets are better for some special-purpose print jobs. they're also a fantastic cash-cow for printer companies.
    – cas
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 14:01

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