CUPS and Epson Epson WF-3540 on FreeBSD 9.2/11.0-CURRENT

O. Hartmann ohartman at
Tue Nov 5 19:58:14 UTC 2013

On Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:37:34 -0600
Mark Felder <feld at> wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 2, 2013, at 4:55, O. Hartmann wrote:
> > 
> > I'm about to purchase the Epson WF-3540DTWF and need to know whether
> > this printer is also capacle of being run on FreeBSD.
> > 
> > What I can see so far on is that Epson offers
> > Linux BLOB drivers, wrapped as RPM or Debian DEB packages. There is
> > no mentioning of FreeBSD or any other UNIXiod OS but Linux.
> > 
> > It is also mentioned on the website, that this
> > specific printer's scanner is working with Xsane/sane front- and
> > backend, but it is, again, Linux via the binary, non-free/open
> > driver.
> > 
> > My question is whether I have a chance to get this printer run on
> > FreeBSD as well. I intend to attach the printer as a network printer
> > via a FreeBSD 11.0-CURRENT CUPS 1.5.2 server.
> > 
> > Any advice or suggestion will be appreciated.
> > 
> > Oliver
> > 
> I don't think it's likely you'll find this working. I'd suggest you
> find a printer that can natively speak postscript and works with SANE
> without a proprietary driver. It's getting hard to find printers that
> can do this, though.

A pity.
I think it is hard to find an ink-jet printer that "speaks" natively
PS. Mots of them I saw have their proprietary BLOB driver managing the
communication if they are multi-function-systems - mostly Linux.

Thanks for the hint.

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