Thank you. This one looks very interesting and I have placed it into my Amazon Wish List.
@lhb1142 Just wondering what kind of money you are expecting to spend because the Brother laser color printers are not cheap. Most of the drivers i see posted in the AUR are for printers that are unavailable, discontinued models etc. There is one but it’s not cheap. It is available if you can get one and drivers are current in the AUR as of 3rd month this year. The lpr and cups drivers are in the AUR. Check out the specs as it does it all.
Thanks for the information. However this printer would not be useful for me because it is not an All-in-One (no copier or scanner). Yes, it’s expensive but I could probably handle the expense but its weight (almost 50 pounds!) is definitely a deal-breaker.
I suppose I may be asking for “vaporware” but I’ll just keep on looking. Meanwhile the Canon Pixma MG2525 is doing fine for us.
I just saw today by chance that the next model is available, Brother DCP-J572DW. And somebody just uploaded the drivers in AUR:
I can’t find this printer listed on Amazon’s US site. Did you see it in a US store or other US web site?
I am not sure what you need but my printer, bought about 2-3 years ago, has duplex printing and you find drivers in AUR. It is a Brother DCP-J562DW.
Thanks for the information. Unfortunately this printer is evidently not being made any more; at least it does not show up in Amazon.
It seems that there are a lot of Brother printers for which there are drivers in AUR. Possibly someone can inform me of a currently-available Brother color (preferably laser) printer which features duplex printing.
@lhb1142 I don’t know if it’s that easy to just convert them and use them. There is some information on the Arch Wiki using Debtap to convert debian files. There is something else for rpm i think. You’ll have to look for some more information on this in relation to printers too. I find the Arch Wiki difficult to understand. They have an encyclopedia for every little thing.
Thanks for all of your help. I went onto the Arch Wiki and searched for both ‘convert deb to Arch’ and ‘convert rpm to Arch’ and was rewarded with a lot of gobbledygook (at least it was for me).
I suppose that computer professionals would be able to understand what the instructions were talking about, but not me.
I’ll just have to wait and continue to read about new printers which, A) work natively with Arch Linux (for which there is a driver in the AUR), and B) offer more features (such as duplex printing) than does our new Canon Pixma MG2525.
Thank you again.
@Bryanpwo I, like many people, have been following this discussion and I have seen quite a few suggestions (and a few arguments) about a proposed logo. Please note that the following is strictly my own opinion and is in no way an “attack” on anyone else.
Certainly logos are fine and necessary. But stop and think for a moment. Has anyone here installed Antergos just because of its logo? And did that logo influence one’s perception of the OS in any way?
Has anyone installed any GNU/Linux operating system just because of its logo?
Did even seeing a logo influence you one way or the other about installing and trying any system?
And has a logo influenced one to “like” or “dislike” any operating system?
I personally approve or disapprove an operating system only on its merits after I use it for a period of time (assuming I am able to install it in the first place!). There are some distros I like and there are many more that I dislike. I am currently using three different (for certain reasons) OSes on my various computers (and there is at least one fourth OS which I would not be averse to using - I have tried almost twenty different distros over the years) but, of all of my active OSes, Antergos is, for me, the very best.
I believe that almost everyone reading this agrees with me about the merits of Antergos.
I think that all of the discussions/proposals/arguments about a logo are just a tempest in a teapot. There are so few of us who love and lament the loss of Antergos that I personally think that we should be concentrating on making EndeavourOS the very best desktop operating system there is and that we should (again, this is only my opinion) be spending less time on a logo and more time on creating a new and, I hope, improved desktop operating system. (I do not count myself among the “we” as I have absolutely no expertise in creating a distro, only using them.)
I sincerely hope that the new EndeavourOS will perform at least as well, as intuitively, and as simply as Antergos has. I hope that it has all of Antergos’ capabilities and maybe even more. I hope that it can build on Antergos’ proven success as an Arch-base operating system.
Again I mention that the above is strictly my own opinion and I am very much looking forward to the release of EndeavourOS.
And, at least for my part, I just do not care what the logo looks like!
ZaReason also builds Linux-specific computers. I have purchased nine of their computers over the years (eight are still functioning perfectly) and they are compatible with practically all GNU/Linux distributions.
But printers still give problems for whatever reason.
Could you direct me to the programs in Arch which would allow conversion of .deb or .rpm printer driver packages to Arch-usable ones? (I assume that they would be available in the Arch User Repository.)
By the way, I am one of those people who often need step-by-step instructions. But, when I get them, I copy them to a document which I save on my computer. Then I never need to ask again.
Thank you for all of your patience and help.
@lhb1142 it’s not that Mac or Windows are superior in that way. It’s the fault of the manufacturers for not putting out the drivers or an install script to work in Linux. They do more for debian and rpm package based distros. Brother does a great job in that area but none seem to support Arch based Linux the same way. I will keep my eye open for a newer model that works but it’s not going to be that cheap either. My Brother is a laser black only.
Thanks for the reply. I have always wondered WHY manufacturers have to make individual drivers for individual printers (and other items). WHY can’t they use ONE (brand-specific) driver for all of their printers? (In other words, Canon would have one driver, Brother would have one driver, H-P would have one driver, etc.) Obviously they’d have to make a driver for Windows, Mac, and Linux - but the drivers should be the same across their product line (unless there is some sort of improvement which would cause them to make ONE new driver for all of their future products). Of course different printers have different capabilities but certain ones in the driver could be “shut off” (or “activated”) depending upon the particular printer.
Of course the question arises: WHY do there have to be drivers in the first place. I believe I read somewhere that Canonical was going to implement a program which would ignore drivers and allow all printers to work with Ubuntu regardless of driver. Have you read anything along that line? And, if you have, I wonder if some of the Arch developers could do the same thing?
@lhb1142 Glad to hear it worked out for you. It also has 3 different size cartridges for it in black and color. I think the ones that come with it are 4 oz so they are small. But you can get the larger ones. I think it has them listed on the box so you can peel the end flap off and or write them down.
The ink cartridges are indeed listed on the box. There are three sizes each of B&W and color: (the equivalent of) small, medium, and large.
We’ll have to see how long the supplied cartridges last. We do not print a great deal and I know that ink dries up if it’s not used. So we’ll have to see.
Looking at various printers, I really would have liked a color laser printer which could do duplex printing (as well as copying). Scanning and fax are not necessary (though scanning would be a “plus”).
But I do not know if any of the ones I have seen on Amazon are Linux-compatible. When you go to the Linux printer site, the ones they list are old and often discontinued models. They don’t seem to keep up with the latest printers (understandable, of course).
But this Canon Pixma MG2525 will do for us, at least for the time being.
(Do you know of particular brands which offer good Linux compatibility? I know that H-P printers are supposed to be compatible but I have read [and experienced with a friend’s computer running Antergos] that they aren’t always so.)
It’s a pity that printers are the one area in which Windows (and Mac) are superior to Linux.
I do thank you again for helping us.