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I actually much prefer printer drivers on linux...
HP seem to support all their printers (or at least, all the ones i have tried) under linux, and all the hp printers or scanners i have tried worked out of the box on ubuntu without needing to touch the cli.
I have seen the drivers hp supplies for windows and osx, and the bloat is ridiculous... Huge installs, and lots of completely unwanted applications... It seems as if every printer or scanner manufacturer installs their own pile of cruft to load at startup, and has their own printer control panel and scanning tool, all of which are different to each other and look pretty crude in their own right.
I would rather just have drivers, and let the os supply a standard interface to configuring/using the devices. Printers all do largely the same thing, there is really no need for additional applications..