A few hours ago, the latest version of the HPLIP driver was released, a driver created by HP and its community for HP printers to run GNU / Linux distributions. Although the CUPS that Ubuntu has is a fairly efficient manager of any printerThe truth is that if we use an HP printer, scanner or fax, it is best to use this driver.
As a novelty, the new HPLIP 3.15.11 supports the latest versions of Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE, in this case we mean that supports Ubuntu 15.10, Fedora 23 and OpenSUSE 42.1. In addition as in previous versions, the HPLIP increases the list of printers, scanners and faxes that are compatible with the driver, in total we can talk about more than 40 products that are included. Numerous bugs and errors that have been detected are also improved, which will improve the operation of the driver and program in our Ubuntu, whether or not Ubuntu Wily Werewolf.
At the moment, the new version is not available in the Ubuntu repositories, Something that will be fixed in a few days, but it is not an obstacle to have this version in Ubuntu. To install HPLIP all we have to do is go to this website and download the driver or .run file. Once we have downloaded the .run file, open a terminal in the download folder and type the following:
sudo su ./hplip-3.15.11.run
After that the installation program will start with which we just have to read the instructions and press the I key or the N key depending on the answer.
Installation is simple and if you have already done any installation of the HPLIP driver, the truth is that nothing changes at all. Still it is a method we recommend because it is the best option to have the updated drivers and in this case will improve printer performance. So don’t forget to update.