How to Research Availability of Print Drivers
bonomi at mail.r-bonomi.com
Thu Jan 26 00:12:34 UTC 2012
"robert perry" <rperry1742 at verizon.net> wrote;
> I intend to purchase a multifunction printer (including fax, scanner, &
> copier) and return to utilizing the BSD operating systems. Early research
> indicates that few printer manufacturers formally support the FreeBSD or
> Unix operating systems but imply that drivers may still be available
> elsewhere. In the past, I remember visiting certain websites that provided
> links to drivers but have forgotten the address. Could someone refresh my
> memory or provide an address that could help?
I take it you don't mean; <http://www.google.com>
For the 'printer' side, look for something that supports a 'standard'
printer _language_ -- preferably PostScript -- over a serial or parallel
port, or the 'lpr/lpd' protocol over a network connection.
*OR* look at the (limited!) list of 'winrinters' directly supported by
For faxing, look for something tht is 'Class2.0' (aka EIA/TIA 592) compliant.
any standard fax software -- like 'hylafax' - will talk to it.
For scanning, see the manpage for SANE(7). also <www.sane-project.org>
The higher-end Brother MFP units pretty much work 'out of the box', for
everything except scanning.
Brother provides scanner driver binaries for SANE on Linux, and source-code
for the adventurous. A quick persual indicates that a number of *nix
varients are supported, including several *BSD varients (FreeBSD is not
explicitly mentioned, unfortunately) It does not look like it would
require 'linuxemulator' compilation.
A quick attempt at './configure' indicated a need for some tweaking of
pathnames or file location.
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