[clug] Brother printers - very Linux friendly [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
rodneyp at pcug.org.au
Thu Feb 14 22:38:40 GMT 2008
On Thursday 14 February 2008 23:00:33 linux-request at lists.samba.org wrote:
> Re: [clug] Brother printers - very Linux friendly [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
> Date: Yesterday 18:10:48
> From: "Owen" <rcook at pcug.org.au>
> To: "Roppola, Antti - BRS" <Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au>
> CC: linux at lists.samba.org
> Reply to: rcook at pcug.org.au
> > Hi all,
> > Someone at a community group I do SysAdmin for went and bought a random
> > laser
> > printer and called me in to install it. Fearing the worst, I was
> > expecting a Windows
> > only MFD that would be a complete basket case or an up-hill battle at
> > best.
> > As it turns out, the Brother 2040 has a bunch of Linux drivers on their
> > web site, including
> > a CUPS driver in a .deb that I was able to blat onto an Ubuntu desktop
> > using dpkg -i. There
> > was also source tarballs were I so inclined.
> > I don't know yet how well it works as someone threw the parallel cable
> > out with the old
> > printer, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the comprehensive
> > support on offer.
> They work real well. The 2040 has been seen to go for as little as $59,
> currently $79 in Dick Smith. I know someone who bought a few of them as
> the cartridges were cheaper to but that way!
Well maybe - the starter cartridges are only 60% full. Optimists would say
that is more than half full :-)
But you do get an additional drum and one spare might be worthwhile.
> I have installed the drivers on a couple of distros, needed a bit of
> manual intervention on one because it got placed in a "wrong" directory.
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