Predrag Punosevac wrote:
 Guys, I need some input about what kind of _new_ printer to buy
 for my desktops.  I'd like to hang the printer off my FBSD box;
 my Ubuntu platform is probably too far away. At least 3 meters.

A few months ago I got a Samsung ML-2571N for well under $100 at
Fry's.  It is small, light, fast; has a built-in 10/100 network
port, handles PostScript, and speaks native lpr
What is lpr? Usually printers speak Post Script or PCL printer command language in which case you need a driver.
LPD, LPRng, and CUPS are different spooling systems.
Did you attach the printer to a computer or is acting as a free standing printer server.

There is a lpr driver by Brother for Linux. Brother and Canon have binary blob drivers. Did you use that driver may be? Does anyone know if those binary blobs can be useful for anything on FreeBSD. They appear to be wrappers for standard Ghost Script drivers. I noticed also that some drivers for older Brother printers are removed from Ghost Script 7.0 and 8.0. It appears that they are useful for some of the newest and very solid monochromatic laser Brother printers which go for less than $50 on the NewEgg. Maybe the port maintainer should edit make file so that they compile.


The driver for that particular printer is just a "generic postscript" driver included in the ghostscript. However the recommended post script description file is *ML-2570ps-ppd *which is included on the CD that comes with the printer. According to Linux Printing the printer is NOT included in the foomatic-db. According to same source OpenOffice
which I do not use has a problem with  ML-2570ps-ppd.

It looks to me as an excellent choice. I liked the fact that the printer can get IP address as DHCP or via web-interface. That means that it can act as a free standing printer server. Printer server alone cost $100-150.

Thank you so much for the info as the price is really great.


(so you don't
need to bother with CUPS).

I am still on the original 1000-page starter cartridge.  Replacements
are rated 3000 sheets; I haven't priced them.

That's black only.  The cheapest color-capable networked PostScript
printer I've found so far is the Xerox 6130N, for which I've been
quoted $375 including $380 worth of cartridges (C, M, Y, K @ $95 each)
-- Xerox seems to have some promotional pricing this month.  IIRC the
color cartridges are rated 1900 sheets and the black 2500.  This one
is also supposed to handle lpr natively.  While I haven't got one (yet),
I figure it is almost guaranteed to be good -- Xerox do not make junk.
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