Re printer question

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Mon Feb 26 02:26:44 UTC 2007

On Sunday 25 February 2007, Howard Coles Jr. wrote:
>On Sunday 25 February 2007 04:03:56 pm Frank Arnold wrote:
>> Hey! That looks like just what I need.
>> Thanks much.
>> Frank Arnold
>> On Sun, 2007-02-25 at 21:37 +0100, dino golinucci wrote:
>> > Hi, I've got a Brother mfc 8840d multifunction scanner/fax/copy
>> > and work great with kubuntu there is a good webpage instruction
>> > about brother multifunction printers....check here
>> >
>> >ml
>> >
>> > Regards
>> >
>> > Dino
>Be VERY wary of Brother.  Their support for Linux STINKS!!  I have a
> Brother MFC-5840CN Multifunction printer, and if you go to Cups version
> 1.2.7 you will no longer be able to print.  So make sure this thing has
> good open source drivers or else you're going to be in my shape, with
> no printer if you go to any other distro, or version of CUPS.

Take this story/bitch to the gimp-print-devel list, there you will find 
the most knowledgeable people who are interested in seeing to it that 
printing does work in linux.  They are partial to Epson stuff, but 
between Robert and Micheal(the cups list) they may be able to help.

But, knowing what is well supported by the maker, and what is not, I walk 
right on by the brother stuff, the last one I had was a 15 cps daisy 
wheel.  Worthless at handling paper unless you bought  a tractor feed and 
fed it tearoff edges from a box on the floor behind it.  When I asked for 
a true ascii wheel for it, they said we don't support linux and refused 
to even look at the parts book to see if they had one.

Cheers, Gene
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