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    Brother printer support for Kubuntu ?

    Kubuntu 19.10

    Our HP Photosmart C310 now won't print, informing me the paper needs to be loaded when it is already loaded. Looking to replace it. We only print a few pages each month. Just looking for good quality, quick and easy to use, and quick. Needs to have a USB connection and also a scanner; nothing complex, and most of all, the printer needs to have good support for Ubuntu.

    A relative told me about this printer, a Brother - INKvestment Colour Multi-Function Printer MFC-J1300DW- https://www.brother.com.au/en/produc...rs/mfc-j1300dw

    Is there good support on Ubuntu/Kubuntu for Brother printers ? Possibly a list somewhere of which models are compatible maybe ?

    Looking through some other threads on Brother printers, there was a reference to "Installing a Brother Printer on Linux" at https://kbpdfstudio.qoppa.com/instal...iver-on-linux/
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    Re: Brother printer support for Kubuntu ?

    I asked Brother about support for Linux/Ubuntu and they have provided a few links

    Downloads

    What driver package format is supported by my Linux distribution?

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    Re: Brother printer support for Kubuntu ?

    I use to have to download and go through all that script nonsense . It was always time consuming, and didn't always work at first. I needed to tweak the PPD files.
    Not anymore. For some reason all my linux os's work without intervention. I just plug it in and its recognized immediately. I have a Brother laser printer. HL-L2330D

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    Re: Brother printer support for Kubuntu ?

    Quote Originally Posted by VMC View Post
    I use to have to download and go through all that script nonsense . It was always time consuming, and didn't always work at first. I needed to tweak the PPD files.
    Not anymore. For some reason all my linux os's work without intervention. I just plug it in and its recognized immediately. I have a Brother laser printer. HL-L2330D
    Thanks, I noticed in Synaptic that there are already a lot of Brother drivers installed.

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    Re: Brother printer support for Kubuntu ?

    Quote Originally Posted by oygle View Post
    A relative told me about this printer, a Brother - INKvestment Colour Multi-Function Printer MFC-J1300DW- https://www.brother.com.au/en/produc...rs/mfc-j1300dw

    Is there good support on Ubuntu/Kubuntu for Brother printers ? Possibly a list somewhere of which models are compatible maybe ?
    Printing support is excellent with an MFC-J1300DW .

    https://wiki.debian.org/CUPSDriverlessPrinting
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    Re: Brother printer support for Kubuntu ?

    Since upgrading to Kubuntu 20.04 my Brother HL-3170CDW now uses "driverless" printing. Opening http://localhost:631/ with a browser will take you to the CUPS management interface. I went to Printers and looked at the properties page for my printer.
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    Driver:	Brother HL-3170CDW series, driverless, cups-filters 1.27.4 (color, 2-sided printing)
    I always prefer to use the native CUPS management console at localhost:631 instead of any "printers" application that comes with the operating system.
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    Re: Brother printer support for Kubuntu ?

    Brother's inventory of new printers has been limited on many sites. I keep an eye on Brother printers, my current Brother inkjet multi-function is 11+ years old and ink jets don't normally live that long. I'm monitoring models and prices for the day when old faithful packs it in. If you only print a few pages a month, do you need color? If not, monochrome laser printers can be pretty inexpensive and virtually maintenance free.

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