Chad V on 13 Nov 2008 18:32:34 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Color Laser multi-function for Linux

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 20:51, JP Vossen <> wrote:
> We've talked about printers on the list before and even recently, but
> we've focused more on the low-end ones.  I need 2 color laser
> printer/scanner/copier(/fax?) devices that can do all of that via
> Ethernet to Linux (and some WinXP2 in VMware VMs).  A duplexer would be
> nice, but isn't required.
> Less is better for price, but realistically, $600-800 will probably fly.
> I'm a die-hard HP fan (I still have a working LaserJet4 circa 1992), but
> everyone's been saying good things about Brother's Linux support, so I
> was checking into them.
> This one looks perfect:
>        Printer Driver Compatibility†           Windows(R) & Mac OS(R) [1,2]
>        Power Consumption - Sleep/Standby/Peak  28W/95W/495W
>        Energy Star Compliant                   No
> That sleep power consumption seems high, and lack of Energy Star is a minus.
> [1] "Fine print" for MFC-9440CN
> [2] OTOH, I found Linux drivers for that unit here:
> Anyone using that unit or similar?  Thoughts or suggestions?
> TIA,
> JP
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I can't say anything about the color lasers, but I bought a Brother
MFC-7820N which is all you want, except it's B&W and no duplexer.  The
driver installation for Linux was not straight forward, but it did
work in the end.  I can scan to linux, print from it and fax from it
(Ubuntu 8.04 & 8.10, using deb driver packages).

Find a couple printers you want on brothers web site and then check
them against the linux driver page.  They have a list of what models
work with what drivers and it seemed to have quite a few models.

Good luck in your search.

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