[sf-lug] network laser printer

Alex Kleider a_kleider at yahoo.com
Fri May 7 18:55:29 PDT 2010

Thanks, Rick.

The Brother HL-2070n and the currently available HL-2070w, the one I'm leaning towards, aren't listed but Brother in general seems to have a very good reputation in the Linux community. I followed your suggested routine for a couple of the printers currently listed on Craig's but again, the specific models weren't covered on the www.openprinting.org site. I guess it's up to us, the users, to document our experiences for the benefit of others.


(ps unbound works like a charm!)

--- On Fri, 5/7/10, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
> Subject: Re: [sf-lug] network laser printer
> To: sf-lug at linuxmafia.com
> Date: Friday, May 7, 2010, 12:56 PM
> Quoting Alex Kleider (a_kleider at yahoo.com):
> > 
> > I'm looking for a network printer for use on a network
> of linux computers.
> > It'll get only light use and color is not necessary.
> > 
> > Does anyone know what would be a good currently
> available candidate
> > for the job?
> I'd give the exact same advice I've given before.
> http://linuxmafia.com/pipermail/sf-lug/2010q1/007599.html
> That is:
> 1.  Jot down particulars of a half-dozen recent local
> http://sfbay.craigslist.org/ offers for used B&W
> laser or LED printers.
> 2.  Research them on http://www.openprinting.org/printers .
> 3.  Pick one that seems to have what you need, and
> avoids the
> usual pitfalls (GDI/Windows-dependent underbuilt crud, lack
> of
> sufficient RAM, lack of needed interfaces, bad open source
> driver
> support on account of either obscurity or a too-new chipset
> or an
> uncooperative manufacturer).
> The printer that was offered in March via the above-cited
> Craigslist
> post (asking price = $50) seems like a decent
> baseline:  ethernet, PCL5e
> and 6, PostScript Level 3, 32MB RAM provided with expansion
> possible,
> USB, 21 pages per minute nominal.  That's a _really
> nice_ printer for
> any OS, and was only $50.  
> People seem to always recommend expensive new printers,
> sometimes with
> questionable open source support, when this question gets
> asked.  I
> really think intelligently selected used printers are a
> much, much
> better idea.
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