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Bink
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join:2006-05-14
Castle Rock, CO
kudos:4
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·VOIPO

1 recommendation

reply to EUS

Re: linux friendly home laser color printer

I highly recommend printers that grok PostScript (PS)—no Ghostscript, CUPS, drivers or other magic required—as they work out-of-the box with just the built-in lpr. I have a couple of Brother printers that speak BR-Script, which emulates PS, and these work quite well—purchasing non-PS printers for UNIX-like OSes is not worth it IMHO.

Fraoch

join:2003-08-01
Cambridge, ON
kudos:2
Reviews:
·TekSavvy Cable

2 recommendations

Brother's Linux support is pretty good - I've taken my MFC-7460DN and MFC-J615W through several versions of Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Though I have had to futz about a bit from time to time, the drivers generally work well.

said by Bink:

I highly recommend printers that grok PostScript (PS)—no Ghostscript, CUPS, drivers or other magic required—as they work out-of-the box with just the built-in lpr. I have a couple of Brother printers that speak BR-Script, which emulates PS, and these work quite well—purchasing non-PS printers for UNIX-like OSes is not worth it IMHO.

The MFC-7860DW, the model a step up from what I have, supports BR-Script. I should have spent a little more and gotten that.


EUS
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join:2002-09-10
canada
Reviews:
·voip.ms
reply to Bink
said by Bink:

I highly recommend printers that grok PostScript (PS)—no Ghostscript, CUPS, drivers or other magic required—as they work out-of-the box with just the built-in lpr. I have a couple of Brother printers that speak BR-Script, which emulates PS, and these work quite well—purchasing non-PS printers for UNIX-like OSes is not worth it IMHO.

Is this the type of thing generally found advertised on the printer's box, or should the homework be done before heading out to the store?
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leibold
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join:2002-07-09
Sunnyvale, CA
kudos:10
Reviews:
·SONIC.NET

1 recommendation

It is best to do some homework before shopping. Some printer boxes (especially cheap printers) advertise postscript capabilities but it is purely software support inside the windows printer driver.
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