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Fedora 17 and Scanning from HP All-in-One

stoolpigeon (454276) writes | 1 year,27 days

User Journal 3

I have an HP Officejet J6480 All-in-One that we use for printing and scanning stuff. It works pretty well. I had managed to avoid inkjet printers until the kids got to school age and then we needed color. So the ink thing is crazy (and I can't find the cartridges here in Hungary - which is really annoying. I think HP limits what they sell in different regions to control pricing. Stupid.) But other than that, I've been pretty happy with it.

When I moved our PC in the office out

I have an HP Officejet J6480 All-in-One that we use for printing and scanning stuff. It works pretty well. I had managed to avoid inkjet printers until the kids got to school age and then we needed color. So the ink thing is crazy (and I can't find the cartridges here in Hungary - which is really annoying. I think HP limits what they sell in different regions to control pricing. Stupid.) But other than that, I've been pretty happy with it.
 
When I moved our PC in the office out to the living room and hooked it up to the TV - I put my old laptop running Fedora 17 in its place. I'd never used that machine with a scanner before so I had to figure out how to set it up. I googled around a bit and found a few things I needed to install but the various parts were spread around, so here it is all in one spot.
 
I probably didn't need to install all these things. But I figured some might be helpful so I grabbed them anyway. Disk space is cheap. The packages I installed were

  • sane
  • sane-backends-drivers-scanners
  • xsane
  • simple-scan
  • skanlite
  • hplip
  • hplip-gui

Now I think if I'd done hplip-gui it probably would have pulled hplip as a dependency. As it was this took very little time. Just quick "yum install" and the package name. Once I had them all I ran hp-setup and walked through a little wizard that made it all work. It was very easy. Skanlite is the main KDE scanning application I guess and since I use KDE that's what I went with. It works pretty well and does what I want. I have just scanned stuff as images. I haven't tried messing around with OCR. I haven't used simple-scan. I just grabbed it to have other options if I needed to trouble shoot any issues.
 
The printer/scanner is on the network and not connected to the computer via usb. The HP setup program handled this without issue. The whole thing was just very, very painless and I love sharing stories of when Linux works so well.

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3 comments

It's all as good (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | 1 year,26 days | (#44108549)

. . .as the time someone put into maintaining it.

Region locking (1)

gd2shoe (747932) | 1 year,19 days | (#44183191)

(and I can't find the cartridges here in Hungary - which is really annoying. I think HP limits what they sell in different regions to control pricing. Stupid.)

I think the word you're looking for is "rude". It really is quite an intelligent strategy for maximizing profit, but it inconveniences anyone who travels for more than a brief vacation.

It's not at all uncommon for companies to have region-specific products in order to sell them at a higher price in 1st world countries (principally the US) and at a lower price in countries that have a lower price point. (I'm sure you're already familiar with all of this.) Since you actually live overseas, I'd be curious in what other region-locking schemes you've run into (besides video content).

Re:Region locking (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | 1 year,18 days | (#44186417)

Our wii is region locked. So my son's friend brought over a game and they couldn't play it. I've seen that the new xbox and playstation wont have region blocking so that seems to be moving in a good direction.

A lot of stuff on the web is region locked - I run into it on youtube constantly. The vpn I use gets me around a lot of stuff but misses on youtube a lot. (It only routes traffic for certain things so that I don't take the performance hit when I don't need to.) In fact google is horrible about this. Often when they release new Android apps they are US only. I can't even go to the Nexus 7 sales page without being on the vpn.

That's mostly it. There are the things that are just different - but that's not the same. It is annoying how much stuff the US does differently than just about everyone else. It would be nice if my home country got on board with everybody else in terms of the metric system for example. Coax connectors in Europe are different. The power system of course and so on. My son's bicycle might have a leaky tire, so I'll be finding out if wheel sizes are the same. I know valve stems are different so it will mean a new pump. But the longer I live here the less stuff I have where that matters.

I would say that so far in my travels and living in Europe my experience hasn't been that these schemes enforce higher prices in the US. I'd guess the US is in the middle, with developing nations lower and developed nations other than the US paying higher prices. Though this can be tough to judge. For example here the sales tax is higher and the manufacturer has to honor much longer warranty terms per EU law.

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