So you want it to PRINT, huh? Well scanning is easy and I would refer you to other fine articles for that. After much searching and frustration, I found nothing that worked until now. The instructions they give you don't work. You know that or you wouldn't be here, right? This is actually easy if you know how.
Download both the lpr and cupswrapper packages. Install the lpr FIRST, this is very important. This will not fully install and you will get an error. We can ignore it for now. We will come back and fix it later. We will have to because it messed up dpkg.
Now install the cupwrapper package. This should go off without a hitch. Use the deb installer or shell command
sh /usr/local/Brother/cupswrapper/cupswrapperDCP1000-1.0.2 -i and you possibly could get another error, but ignore that, too.
Then, Copy the file "/usr/share/cups/model/brsdp1000_cups.ppd"
to the directory "/usr/share/ppd".
If you are using USB interface,
connect the device to the PC and turn the power on.
Access to the page "http://localhost:631"
and click on "Add Printer",
then install the driver following the instructions.
Print a test page. Every thing OK? Think we are done? No, like I said installing the lpr package messed up dpkg and we have to fix it. --force does not work. Run "sudo gedit /var/lib/dpkg/status". Find the log for Brother lpr and it should say that it halfway installed. Delete the entry and save.
You can now go to Synaptic or whatever you like and delete the partially installed package.
Test printer again and I wish you good luck!