Rich Freeman on 28 Oct 2016 08:35:34 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] printing

On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 11:28 AM, Lee H. Marzke <> wrote:
> The problem is finding the correct PPD file for the printer,  as most manufactures don't publish those anymore,  they
> are in fact hidden inside an excutable driver for the Mac or such.   Sometimes the ones on
> work sort-of,  but all the features may not work.    Brother PPD's are inside the deb package.

I don't doubt that this is an issue, but in the case of my printer it is at:

(You can see the PPD when you pick Linux as the OS.)

I suspect in most cases google will find the PPD if it is out there
since inevitably somebody will extract it.

And for the most part the printer will work without one.  You might
just lose some of the fancier settings.

In any case, I will state that in general a PostScript printer is
going to be a lot less fussy to deal with than a printer that doesn't
support PostScript, since PostScript is about the closest we've ever
gotten to an actual standard in this space.  Of course, it isn't
always available, and in my case I think I paid an extra $50 to get
the model that supports it.

I'll also generally state that I tend to prefer lasers over inkjets.
Not only are they more likely to support PostScript (in part because
it is in their nature to be page-oriented and not row-oriented), but I
find they need a LOT less fussing around with overall.  The cheaper
ones aren't without their issues though.  I guess anytime you buy a
piece of machinery with moving parts you tend to get what you pay for.

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