I just recieved a new HP laser printer, model M148fdw. I’m having some issues getting it to work with Ubuntu MATE specificially.
The issue is that the printer driver required by the printer is new enough that the version of hplip that ships with Ubuntu 18.04 is too old to contain a driver for it. It requires the newest and shiniest hplip.
That’s fine, but HP doesn’t provide any PPAs for upgrading hplib in an ubuntu-y way anymore. Instead they make you download some godforsaken binary runnable blob and execute it.
But before I can do that I need to uninstall hplip and its associated stuff. However, ubuntu-mate-desktop and ubuntu-mate-core depend on hplip, so if I uninstall hplip via apt it (at least without some sort of apt pinning faffage) it’ll uninstall those packages, and I can’t imagine that’d be good
I tried to somehow update the printer driver list via the installed version of hplip-gui but no luck there. When I run hp-setup it refuses to recognize the printer (see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/hplip/+bug/1697958). It’s not found in the models.dat file.
What’s a reasonable workaround?