Originally Posted by MASTER-UA
root@pcbsd# echo 'printer test' > /dev/ulpt0
printer keeps quiet :\
I checked the printer on line. It is cheap crappy win printer not suitable for use on Unix. If you really have lots of time on your hands you can try to play with Linux compatibility layer and Linux driver provided by manufacturer if there is one (Note Canon almost exclusively support Windows not even Mac is supported). You might learn a lot about kernel hacking if that is the goal but if the goal is to use printer only go and get yourself a printer which speaks Post Script language.
My recommendation Brother HL-5240 for a monochromatic Laser Printer.
I have seen those selling for little bit over $100 in my local Office Max
as open box items.
Note most cheaper laser printers sold in U.S. are made by HP, Brother, and Sumsung/DeLL.
Cheap laser HP printers need firmware and speak some proprietary Zj Stream protocol. The driver foo2zjs is obtained by reverse engineering and YMMV.
They are solid printers for money but if you are Unix nOOb I would stay away from them.
Sumsun/DeLL printers speak Samsung Printer Language and they need splix driver. Their color laser printers are cheapest printers of the kind on the
market so they are attractive. I personally had troubles compiling Splix
on OpenBSD which means that is low quality Linux only code. There is FreeBSD port but I have not used it.
Brother laser printers are mostly well supported by Ghostscript and quite a few speak PostScript as the one I suggested so they are probably best option for home user. Be careful though. Some of their cheap laser printers are paper
For more serious users anything HP which is sold for over $300 speaks Post Script out of box. The same goes with Lexmark, Brother, Xerox, and almost
any other manufacturer.
I personally just installed Xerox Phaser 6130N (color laser) as our work group work printerat the University I work for. It speaks full PostScript and has built in server which speaks LPD and IPP. I just edited my printcap with IP address, started LPD daemon and prints like a crazy. This is printcap file :wink:
rp|remote line printer:\
The cost to university $400
I would stay a way from inkjets since they are extremely costly to run (Expensive ink) For special purposes like photo printing I really like
Epson's printers and all in one devices but the ink for them is like a gold.
HP all-in-one inkjets and laser alike are well supported by HPLIP.
Lexmark, Brother, and Canon have no working inkjet printers.
P.S. You can also try a cheap hardware solution. Get a PostScript module
for $10 from Ebay and try to rewire your Canon Pixma so that you can put that
Suddenly your printer will start speaking PostScript :idea: and you will be happy camper 8) .