Jul 112008

HPLIP is an HP developed solution for printing, scanning, and faxing with HP inkjet and laser based printers in Linux. HPLIP is free, open source software distributed under the MIT, BSD, and GPL license. HP does not provide formal consumer or commercial support for this software.

The HPLIP project provides printing support for 1,437 printer models, including Deskjet, Officejet, Photosmart, PSC (Print Scan Copy), Business Inkjet, LaserJet, Edgeline MFP, and LaserJet MFP. For a list of supported printing devices click here

Features include,

  • Printing to 1,437 HP printers, including Deskjet, Officejet, Photosmart, PSC, Business Inkjet and LaserJet. (For a complete list, please see Supported Devices).
  • High quality photo printing.
  • Full-bleed printing.
  • Automatic duplexing (on equiped printers).
  • Scanning from compatible Officejet, PSC, Photosmart, and LaserJet MFPs.
  • Automatic document feeder (ADF) scanning.
  • A Scanner Access Now Easy (SANE) compatible interface.
  • Color and B&W scanning.
  • PC send fax utility.
  • Send fax address book.
  • Photo card access utility.
  • Device manager (toolbox) with maintenance tools, supplies levels, and status information.
  • USB, network, and parallel connection types.
  • Full integration with CUPS.
  • PPD file provided for Postscript-only laser printers.
  • Command line utilities for many often needed tasks.
  • A simple setup utility.
  • Automated Installer.

To install in openSUSE (openSUSE 11.0 here)

opensuse11:~ # yast2 –install hplip hplip-hpijs

This should install HPLIP for you on your openSUSE and a menu item for HP Device Manager under “Application – System – Monitor”

Click on HP Device Manager to install and administer the HP print/scan/fax devices.

HP Device Manager setup

The command line equivalent is

opensuse11:~ # hp-setup

There is a system tray utility available which can be started as

opensuse11:~ # hp-systray

HPLIP home page has good documentation on add HP devices and managing under HP Device manager. Unfortunately, I do not have a HP Printer to test with me.