DJ500 dead after >= 16 years.

Predrag Punosevac punosevac at
Fri Feb 22 09:19:17 UTC 2008

Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
>> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Predrag
>> Punosevac
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:36 PM
>> To: perryh at; questions at
>> Subject: Re: DJ500 dead after >= 16 years.
>> 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.
> They aren't wrappers.  The binary drivers generally take the
> intermediate output from the Ghostscript ijs driver and convert
> it into whatever the printer understands.  If the binary driver
> is statically built then it likely can be run by the linuxulator
> under FreeBSD.
> Most of the time the binary drivers are wrapped in an install script
> that sets all this up.
I will actually try to do that as soon as I get my hands on one of those 
Brother printers and see if I can get it to work on FreeBSD and OpenBSD. 
Of course,  I will definitely try to set up my wife's
Photosmart C5250 with only using LPD:-)

Thanks one more time Tad!


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