My thanks and cudo's to the folks at Brother for their continued support for Linux users.
I recently had to replace our old Canon MultiPass C5500 because the problems it developed would have cost more to repair than the cost of replacement. I did consider, briefly, getting another Canon product. However, remembering the droplets of blood I sweat, trying to get my old printer to work in Linux, and remembering that I was never able to get the scanner function to work at all in Linux, I quickly abandoned the thought.
I went to the CUPS site, and looked over the list of supported printers there. I shopped around for a fairly well equiped printer, features, etc., and found a few brands in the approx. $100.00 US range. Then I returned to the CUPS site to see which of those on my list had CUPS drivers supported. Of all of them in my price range that I had listed, only Brother was supported.
Then I went to the Brother site, and looked up my MFC-240C, and found that the required Linux drivers, AND complete instructions were listed right on the Brother site.
I downloaded the drivers, the instructions, and then went to Walmart and bought my Brother MFC-240C.
Setting up the printer itself, before connecting anything to my computer, was simply a matter of RTFI, and follow directions. Then, also RTFI from the Brother site, which I had already downloaded, and following directions, I had the printer piece of the puzzle solved. Next, again RTFI, I installed the scanner. In a matter of 30 minutes, including the read-time, I had the complete package installed and working.
WOW! That was so easy, I was almost certain I had forgotten some little step, and things would crash. But, NO! It works great, and I didn't even work up a sweat. No unacceptable language. No unintelligible mutterings. Just grins.
So, once again I proclaim, THANK YOU, Folks at Brother. THANK YOU!
Wouldn't it be cool if all printer/hardware manufacturers would at least try to accomodate Linux users?