Linux and HP printers/scanners

While attempting to scan a document with my newly purchased HP Deskjet 3070 All-in-One Printer B611b from my Ubuntu 12.04 desktop I learned three things:

  • There’s an excellent scanning software for Linux called XSane
  • Ubuntu 12.04 comes with the drivers for most HP printers already built in, so there was nothing else needed other then launcing XSane and scanning the document
  • contains the latest HP drivers for Linux just in case you don’t have the relevant driver for you printer pre-installed. The site even has a wizard which will guide you through to the driver you need to download and how to install it so your Linux can see your printer (I learned this from here)

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