Team: Linux Hardware

Reviews for linux users looking at buying new hardware

To post reviews on linux compatibility for hardware to inform those looking to know how well their hardware will be supported before they buy.

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As a bit of a guideline for how to write reviews let the reader know what works, what doesnt work, what partly works, did you need to change anything to get it working and possibly if you required any closed source code to get it working. As well as anything else a linux user may be interested in knowing before buying some hardware

4 stars
Does the job, paltry linux support

Desktop thermal transfer printer with UPS Worldship support. These things are reliable, printed several labels a week for a few years after buying it used.

Linux

Linux support is frustating but completely fixable. The printer will print out of the box with Zebra ZPL print driver. The prints will look poor and barcodes will be terrible and likely unreadable. The fix is to use the CenterOfPixel option when printing :
lpr -P printer -o CenterOfPixel pathtofile.
Prints will look just like they do on Windows. This should be possible to add as default in the .ppd file in /etc/cups/ppd for this printer, but it hasn’t worked for me yet.

UPS

Printing UPS labels from a browser using UPS Thermal Printing Script requires the printer is setup with a raw queue. When adding the printer, click on generic driver then raw. Print normally and the script will take care of the rest. Label prints perfectly.

Verdict

Printer is dead reliable, points off for poor linux support.

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