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Re: Using ink printers with NetBSD?

On Tue, 9 Dec 2008 12:58:09 -0500
Thor Lancelot Simon <> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 09, 2008 at 11:07:54AM -0500, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> >
> > I have a Brother MFC that I got running on NetBSD, but with a *lot*
> > of trouble.  There are many linux assumptions and dependencies,
> > plus a blob that has to execute in linux-only mode.  I got it
> > working, but the solution is sufficiently fragile that I've never
> > tried copying to my other machines, let alone putting it into
> > pkgsrc.
> This is an inkjet MFC?   All of Brother's laser models are available
> with Postscript for output and helpful (and standard!) options like
> FTP and SMTP for input.

Yes, inkjet -- the MFC 546CN.  
> I would be leery of using an open-source driver with a fancy inkjet
> printer if the intent is to print photographs -- you'll essentially
> lose all support for a color-managed workflow no matter what you do.
It's not open source, it's Brother's Linux package, some parts of which
they distribute in source form, but not the guts of it.

                --Steve Bellovin,

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