I reckoned on having to spend anything up to £100 to get a half-decent laser for home use but then noticed in one of the numerous leaflets that fell out of my local paper yesterday that Staples were selling the Brother HL2030 for £49.99 (reduced from £79.99). So I popped over to my nearest store (Hemel Hempstead) and bought one.
As you can imagine, there was no problem setting it up on the Windows partition. I then turned my attention to attempting to get it configured in SUSE10.1. I had a look at the Brother website and discovered that they provide not only an LPR driver but also a CUPS wrapper driver which enables the LPR driver to work with CUPS.
I have to confess my knowledge of Linux printing is virtually nil so, even though there are some very clear instructions on the site, I didn't reckon my chances of success - especially when various error messages appeared in the console which I didn't understand, such as:
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ERROR : Brother LPD filter is not installed.
rm -f /usr/lib/cups/filter/brlpdwrapperHL2030
chmod: cannot access `/usr/local/Brother/inf/brHL2030rc': No such file or directory
I thought to myself this is not going to work. However, I carried on regardless and much to my surprise, when I went to http://localhost:631 there was the HL2030 ready for printing a test page. And as far as I can tell, it seems to be doing what it is supposed to do. For instance I can just go into eg OOo Writer and print from within the program. Once again, Linux has amazed me.
Now, please don't anyone mention that my first replacement toner cartridge will probably cost as much as the printer itself !