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Re: Laser Printer recommendation...

On 08/08/2017 09:29 AM, Celejar wrote:
On Tue, 4 Jul 2017 12:03:45 +0100
Brian <ad44@cityscape.co.uk> wrote:

On Mon 03 Jul 2017 at 19:15:19 -0400, Celejar wrote:

On Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:46:08 -0400
Dan Ritter <dsr@randomstring.org> wrote:


A Brother with all of:

- ethernet networking
- duplex
- BR/Script3 (Their PostScript clone, which I think is actually

will not need a driver.

Current examples: HL-L5100N ($170), HL-L6200DW ($250)
Very interesting, thanks. Is this documented / explained anywhere? I
think I understand why 1 and 3 might be relevant to the need for
drivers, but 2?

FWIW, my HL-2280DW meets 1 and 2, but not (apparently) 3, and indeed
does seem to require a driver.
I do not see why 1 and 2 are in any way necessary to use a printer
without a proprietary driver. PostScript or PCL6 emulation is, however,
a pre-condition. The HL-2280DW has PCL6 emulation.
Very interesting, thanks. I (re)dipped my toes into the mysteries of
printer setup, and (eventually) configured another version of my
HL-2280 using CUPS settings of "Generic / Generic PCL Laser Printer".
The CUPS test page printed out correctly, although I see that many
options exposed by the Brother proprietary drivers do not seem to be
exposed by the generic one, which makes sense, I suppose. I do like
those options, though (e.g., duplexing and "toner save" / quality

I'll have to do more testing to see whether the core printing
funnctionality, at least, is on par with the proprietary driver's.

Thanks again,


It always amazes me that people who get a driver made specifically for a device, a driver that has significantly more capability than one that came with their Linux os, would refuse to use it. It hasn't cost them anything, just as the Linux os hasn't cost them anything, so it is FREE. (Don't tell me they paid for it with the printer--they couldn't have bought the printer without subsidizing the driver, so essentially it is free.) Same goes for video drivers. It's like trying to swim with one hand tied behind your back.


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