andrewgould at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 29 13:45:59 PDT 2006
--- "Christopher M. Hobbs" <chobbs at siloamsprings.com>
> Could anyone recommend a good desktop laser jet
> printer that is known to
> work under FreeBSD. I don't mind if it's an older
> model. I'd like to
> go cheap with it.
> I will be printing black and white planning sheets,
> and portions of
> Is there a list of printers that are useable under
> FreeBSD somewhere?
> Thank you for your time!
> Christopher M. Hobbs
> IS Technician, City of Siloam Springs
> chobbs at siloamsprings.com, (479).524.5136
If the printer works with Linux over the network or
via parallel port, then it probably works fine with
FreeBSD. If a USB printer works with Linux but not
with FreeBSD, you can often get around the USB
incompatibility by attaching the printer to a print
server. Here's a searchable database of printers that
are compatible with Linux.
I have a Oki B4350 printer (mono color laser) and an
HP Photosmart 7150 that are attached to a Hawking
Technology HPS12U print server. I use CUPS for
printing in FreeBSD. This setup works great!
Both HP and Okidata have been good about releasing PPD
files (printer configuration files used by CUPS) for
It's good that you're only looking for a laser
printer. I've heard that compatibility issues with
all-in-one printers can be a real pain.
I hope this helps.
Andrew L. Gould
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