DJ500 dead after >= 16 years.

Predrag Punosevac punosevac at
Thu Feb 21 06:36:06 UTC 2008

Predrag Punosevac wrote:
> perryh at wrote:
>>>  Guys, I need some input about what kind of _new_ printer to buy
>>>  for my desktops.  I'd like to hang the printer off my FBSD box;
>>>  my Ubuntu platform is probably too far away. At least 3 meters.
>> A few months ago I got a Samsung ML-2571N for well under $100 at
>> Fry's.  It is small, light, fast; has a built-in 10/100 network
>> port, handles PostScript, and speaks native lpr 
> What is lpr? Usually printers speak Post Script or PCL printer command 
> language in which case you need a driver.
> LPD, LPRng, and CUPS are different spooling systems.
> Did you attach the printer to a computer or is acting as a free 
> standing printer server.
There is a lpr driver by Brother for Linux. Brother and Canon have 
binary blob drivers. Did you use that driver may be?
Does anyone know if those binary blobs can be useful for anything on 
FreeBSD. They appear to be wrappers for standard
Ghost Script drivers. I noticed also that some drivers for older Brother 
printers are removed from Ghost Script 7.0 and 8.0.
It appears that they are useful for some of the newest and very solid 
monochromatic laser Brother printers which go for less than $50 on the 
NewEgg. Maybe the port maintainer should edit make file so that they 


> The driver for that particular printer is just a "generic postscript" 
> driver included in the ghostscript. However the recommended post 
> script description file is  *ML-2570ps-ppd *which is included on the 
> CD that comes with the printer.
> According to Linux Printing the printer is NOT included in the 
> foomatic-db. According to same source OpenOffice
> which I do not use has a problem with  ML-2570ps-ppd.
> It looks to me as an excellent choice. I liked the fact that the 
> printer can get IP address as DHCP or via web-interface.
> That means that it can act as a free standing printer server. Printer 
> server alone cost $100-150.
> Thank you so much for the info as the price is really great.
> Best,
> Predrag
>> (so you don't
>> need to bother with CUPS).
>> I am still on the original 1000-page starter cartridge.  Replacements
>> are rated 3000 sheets; I haven't priced them.
>> That's black only.  The cheapest color-capable networked PostScript
>> printer I've found so far is the Xerox 6130N, for which I've been
>> quoted $375 including $380 worth of cartridges (C, M, Y, K @ $95 each)
>> -- Xerox seems to have some promotional pricing this month.  IIRC the
>> color cartridges are rated 1900 sheets and the black 2500.  This one
>> is also supposed to handle lpr natively.  While I haven't got one (yet),
>> I figure it is almost guaranteed to be good -- Xerox do not make junk.
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