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Brother 2900 for FC3



I think I bought a printer without an open-source driver, a Brother FAX-2900. It's one of those fax/copy/laser printing things. The Brother Corporation makes an RPM for RedHat 9 (which is, what, 4 or 5 years old?) but nothing else. I've tried to get them to provide source code for compilation on other architectures, but they apparently didn't listen.

My questions are:

1. Is there an open source driver for this printer that I don't know about
2. If I install the redhat 9 RPM and get the files onto my FC3 machine, how can I get lpd to recognize whatever driver file I need to work.
3. Aside from whether or not I will be able to get this to work, can someone tell me how open source printer driver projects get started and whether I have any hope of someone writing a driver for this particular model (I haven't the foggiest clue how nor the time to do it myself).


The RPM is available from Brother here:
http://solutions.brother.com/linux/sol/printer/linux/sane_drivers.html

A good PDF with specs can be found under "product brochure" here:
http://education.brother.com/ProductDetails_ProductID=PPF2900&Area=ZFAX1.aspx#spec

Info and file list from Brother's RH9 RPM:
]# rpm -q --info -l fax2900lpr-1.1.2-1
Name : fax2900lpr Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version : 1.1.2 Vendor: Brother Industries, Ltd.
Release : 1 Build Date: Tue 03 Feb 2004 04:25:23 AM EST
Install Date: Thu 07 Apr 2005 11:25:26 PM EDT Build Host: localhost.localdomain
Group : Applications Source RPM: fax2900lpr-1.1.2-1.src.rpm
Size : 83071 License: 2003 Brother Industries, Ltd. All Rights Reserved
Signature : (none)
Packager : root localhost localdomain
Summary : Brother lpr Printer Definitions
Description :
Brother printer Driver
/usr/bin/brprintconf
/usr/lib/libbrcomplpr.so
/usr/local/Brother/inf/brFAX2900func
/usr/local/Brother/inf/brFAX2900rc
/usr/local/Brother/inf/brPrintList
/usr/local/Brother/inf/paperinf
/usr/local/Brother/inf/setupPrintcap
/usr/local/Brother/lpd/filterFAX2900
/usr/local/Brother/lpd/psconvert
/usr/local/Brother/lpd/rawtobr


Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.

Cyrus


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