View Full Version : [ubuntu] Brother printer installation script exists

September 26th, 2011, 07:17 PM
Recently I discovered a new (to me, at least) aid to installing the driver for my Brother multifunction printer-scanner-copier-fax machine.

The occasion was my purchase of a new Lenovo ThinkPad T420. With its predecessor, an IBM ThinkPad T42, and with my desktop, an HP Pavilion Ultimate d4999t, I had had no difficulty in installing the driver for the MFC-8820D. Indeed, my first experiment with Ubuntu involved 9.04's installing the driver flawlessly on the desktop and the laptop. This pleasant fact was a sharp contrast to my experience with SuSE a couple of years earlier, and launched me on my continuing career as an Ubuntu fan.

But the T420 was a different story. I made a number of unsuccessful attempts to install the driver for the MFC-8820D before I happened across the Brother Solution Center Website, which includes the following page:


This page is entitled FAQ (Printer). One of the FAQs is "I'm finding it difficult to install the printer driver", and the hyperlinked page



We have created a tool to help you easily install the printer driver. Follow these instructions to download and use the tool:
This tool will install the printer driver automatically, changing the install directories, links and system settings without notice.

I downloaded the tool, an installation script, and can happily report that it ran perfectly.

This experience suggests to me that Brother is interested in encouraging the use of its machines with Linux systems.