I personally had zero fuss with hp, hplip and hp software installation on linux. Again it is personal. Installed it in linux mint, gentoo and debian - was just as plug-and-play. Yes, its highly my case, but I donīt lie and donīt try to force you, just sharing experience...
I had starter catridges, and printer(two printers, one for myself, other for my girls parents) was bought for four reasons:
- cheap and all-in-one; it happened
- linux support, no joke, previously I returned two opened kodaks 5250 to the shop, because their sales manager lied about linux support; it happened
- cheap ink; it didnīt happen, I found about alternative ink, read about real ink costs and reasons behind, read comparsions, found best korean alternative ink in terms of price, quality as substitution, uv-protection (inktec) and using it now - so actually it happened
- possibility to print photo; it happened, even if I "burned" my fingers by discovering photo paper must have protective(resin) layer to be water-resistant.
Later, I purchased alternative catridges (dunno ink type), and after I printed it away, I purchased inktec, made holes and refill it myself.
Without cheap ink, my printer would be lying in waste-bin already - no questions, I would like HP to hear that.
I mean cmmon, 50$(official 564XL), around 10ml; vs 18$ refill inktec ink - 5x200ml all-color mix (wooo!) or 20$ for 1 Liter bottle. Crazy, no?
Good device (with inkjet-specific weaknesses, and part that it literally loves to "bath" in ink which makes using official ink to be privilege of millionares), good linux support(its really me, maybe), but really wrong price policy on ink(as in *really wrong*). I mean, it is really wrong, really. And donīt fight buyers, if not inktec I would dump the printer and print at my local printing store (or get back to dot-matrix for bw paper, or bw lasers now). So thats my story. And never clean with alcohol