BRO MFC-490CW Drivers Issue Again

Leonard Chatagnier lenc5570 at
Wed Dec 3 05:38:24 UTC 2008

--- On Tue, 12/2/08, Rashkae <ubuntu at> wrote:

> From: Rashkae <ubuntu at>
> Subject: Re: BRO MFC-490CW Drivers Issue Again
> To: "Ubuntu user technical support, not for general discussions" <ubuntu-users at>
> Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008, 10:07 PM
> Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
> > Just finished a fresh Intrepid install and find that
> there are no printer drivers for the above printer. Intrepid
> recognises my printer as a raw printer but can't print
> from OO.o nor a test page. CUPS doesn't have a driver
> for my model yet. Since the list convinced me of the dangers
> of using the --force-* dpkg option, I wondering if there is
> any alternative to the procedures listed on the Brother
> site. If not, I don't see any choice to using the
> --force option.  Anyone know if the deb driver is proceeding
> downstream for inclusion in Intrepid or even if Brother
> plans to do so. Any info welcomed. Thanks,
> > 
> > Leonard Chatagnier
> > lenc5570 at
> > 
> Did the list really scare you from that?  I mean, I think
> most of us
> agree (or, at least, will publicly say we agree) that
> it's poor
> packaging practice, but in the case of the brother drivers,
> I know of no
> reason you should avoid them per say.
To answer you question.  Yes, somewhat. Mario and Derek came down pretty hard on this and largely because I said Brother was an excellent linux, or great linux, supporter and they made their points. Actually, I'm not that leary of using the force option in this case but just wanted to know if there is some alternative way such as using some ns*wrapper file to do it without using the force option. If there were such a thing I would use it rather than take a potentially unsafe way. Even if I don't always agree, I'm at the mercy of what the list tells me because there's so much I don't understand about Linux.
Leonard Chatagnier
lenc5570 at

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