Re printer question

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at
Wed Feb 28 20:25:34 UTC 2007

On Sunday 25 February 2007 9:26 pm, Gene Heskett wrote:
> >Be VERY wary of Brother.  Their support for Linux STINKS!!  I have a

> 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.

Just in the interest of fairness here...  HP gets my vote for easiest inkjet 
type printer to get working with Linux.  I've got some PSC something or other 
multifunction gizmo working just fine for Mom, scanner works, etc., and I've 
had excellent results with other HP printers too.  (I've never tried one with 
a built-in fax.)

However, since migrating to Linux, I've used nothing but Brother printers.  I 
run lasers, because I can live with out color, and when I print, I print a 
gob of pages.  Brother lasers have always done the job for me with no hassles 
at all, and I see no reason to feel that their Linux support stinks.  It 
could be better, like HP's, but it's adequate, and at least it exists.  Of 
course, I'm speaking only of lasers, and have no idea how Brother inkjets, 
etc., fare.

D. Michael McIntyre 

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