AFAIK, the DJ 970Cxi is functionally the same as the 970C. HP often change model# designations depending on sofware & other items packaged with a particular printer--even when the hardware is identical.
I've gotten a 970C to work, but not perfectly, using GS 5.50 & the CDJ 550 driver under RedHat 6.1 Here's a summary:
Max resolution was 300 x 300 dpi., and the colours were a bit "dark"
As mentionioned above, higher resolutions not supported in BW or colour.
Duplexing not supported.
Multiple up not supported.
All in all, it appears to work about as well as my DJ 812. OK for what I do but it would't be my first choice if I were buying a new printer. Keep in mind that my experience was with a 970C & I can't be 100% certain it's the same (driver wise) as the Cxi. Also note: ink usage appears to be higher than if running under Windoze.
Have you considered the Lexmark Optra 40 or 45? The Optra 40 is now selling for about $90 US. All of the Optra series are known to work perfectly under Linux. Any with an "n" are networkable out of the box, and as they use 72 pin SIMMS, memory upgrades are cheap. Don't know if you can find one in Ireland, but it's a great little printer for the price.
Hope this helps.
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