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Old 05-12-2007, 08:08 AM   #1
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Question Installing Brother MFC-425CN printer in Ubuntu 7.04

Hello everybody.
I'm trying to install Brother MFC-425CN printer on my Ubuntu 7.04.
The manufacturer's site says to use the MFC-210CN driver (it has indeed worked on other Linux distro I had before).
I followed the instructions of installing a Brother printer into CUPS, but no PPD file was created in /etc/cups/ppd/ directory.

Any ideas what I can do?

Thank you very much in advance!

(P.S.: How do I set the password for CUPS? It has a separate one, doesn't it?)
Old 05-14-2007, 08:55 AM   #2
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Follow this guide:

CUPS password is you user password in Ubuntu. Better change nothing, Ubuntu printing system can suck very easily (on Dapper it was quite broken).

BTW: To change settings (like resolution, paper size) you MUST use localhost:631 in a browser. The Gnome/Openoffice GUI won't work correctly (it will have no effect).
Old 05-31-2007, 10:11 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot! A good guide, that is.

I wonder who is to blame for the situation that there's a need in such exhausting processes (that I doubt a non advanced user would be capable of) for just installing a printer. Is it mostly brother's fault, or could the developers of Ubuntu (or gnome) do more to simplify this process?
Such 'small' but annoying things are a serious obstacle on the way of Linux in becoming an "operating system for masses".
Old 05-31-2007, 12:47 PM   #4
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The guide is good indeed. Happy it helped.

Well, it's a little bit of a mixed bag. Brother drivers are closed source, what most Linux distributors don't like, but the licence seems to allow modification and redistribution, so I it could be used in a distibution. I also think the drivers should come correctly configured either with the distribution or at least in the multiverse repository. I mean, they also distribute Nvidia drivers ...

For the configuration issue there is only Brother to blame.

Actually Brother is already making some promising steps (providing Linux drivers so you can use your device, acceptable licence), and as said above, distributors could make us the life easier too.


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