BRO MFC-490CW Drivers Issue Again

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Wed Dec 3 07:46:19 UTC 2008

On Tue, 2008-12-02 at 17:32 -0800, Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
> Since the list convinced me of the dangers of using the --force-* dpkg
> option

Since I was one of the perpetrators, let me clarify once again: the
--force-arch that Brother requires (and even more so the --force-all
that they require in some cases) is most likely not dangerous as such in
this particular case, but we were opposed to it because

      * It is outright lazy, as the driver obviously works, they just
        would have to spend the additional 5 minutes to create a package
        for the 64 bit architecture
      * Recommending to users to use --force-* as a matter of course is
        similarly destructive to the FOSS computing culture as would be
        recommending to Window users to click every weird-looking link
        that they receive in the email

You know already that the driver works fine for you, so by all means go
ahead and install it.

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