Re: Looking for very small laser printer 
Keith Lofstrom <keithl <at> kl-ic.com>
2005-12-01 04:31:00 GMT
On Sat, Nov 19, 2005 at 10:51:42PM -0800, Keith Lofstrom wrote:
> Still putting together a system for my wife's office. Next comes
> the printer - we need a black-and-white laser printer that occupies
> the smallest possible space. Most vendors call 10x15 inches a
> "small footprint". I would like to see a unit a lot smaller than
> that, perhaps something portable, or else a unit with a front output
> that can fit in a stack on a shelf. We bought an LCD display and
> a Shuttle case purely because they are small - we don't want to
> waste space in a tiny office with a printer.
I ended up buying her a Samsung ML-2010 from Compusa, $130 with a
$70 rebate. This comes with a CD and a PDF manual with explicit
Linux install procedures and drivers. The device is fast and
reasonably small. The interface is USB2, but SUSE 10 deals with
that just fine. This may actually be superior to an Ethernet
connection, because it means she will not be using the ethernet port
for anything but 'net connection, making the firewall task simpler.
The Samsung drivers actually create an embarrasment of riches. The
printer uses a proprietary-but-open Samsung Printer Language (SPL),
and the ML-1710 ppd file that came with SUSE talks to it just fine.
However, many of the features seem to be only accessable though the
Samsung provided interface driver, LPPR, which appears to bypass the
SUSE-preferred CUPS. While LPPR is open source, do I want to risk
SUSE compatability to get more functionality? My temptation is to
stay with CUPS, because the extra features will probably be added
to CUPS soon. Suggestions?