How to Research Availability of Print Drivers
rperry1742 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 26 03:01:42 UTC 2012
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From: "robert perry" <rperry1742 at verizon.net>
To: <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 2:39 PM
Subject: How to Research Availability of Print Drivers
>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?
>From Robert Bonomi:
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)
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.
Maybe you're thinking about linuxprinting.org which provides
PPD device descriptions that can be incorporated in CUPS which
has become the "de-facto standard" for printing?
>From Da Rock:
Maybe try openprint.org?
Thank you all for your suggestions. I was able to review each and I think
they'll be helpful. I almost forgot how much fun this could be.
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