BRO MFC-490CW Drivers Issue Again

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Dec 3 14:40:31 UTC 2008

Rashkae wrote:

> 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.
> 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.

And my argument with Leonard was all over the idea that Brother's 
support could be considered that great, when they recommend hazardous 
install practices.  People who actually _have_ the Brother printers seem 
to think that there's no danger _in this particular case_ so go with it.  
I just don't want to see vendors doing this as a matter of course, 
because it makes users who know no better think that it's safe to use 
the force options whenever they have a problem.

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