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  • #11
    Originally posted by benjiro View Post
    acked the phone company ).
    We do not even have faxes anymore, so ... we ended up faxing using some "unproven" 3th party online fax service. There goes all that 1on1 advantage ( and at higher cost i may add ).
    Asterisk + Hylafax and a SIP service with G.711 support. Bin the fax machines forever. There's an IAX2 soft modem for Hylafax so you don't even need physical hardware anymore. Just whack it in a VM and set/forget.

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    • #12
      Originally posted by DMJC View Post

      Asterisk + Hylafax and a SIP service with G.711 support. Bin the fax machines forever. There's an IAX2 soft modem for Hylafax so you don't even need physical hardware anymore. Just whack it in a VM and set/forget.

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      • #13
        Originally posted by skeevy420 View Post

        From my position as a small business, very small, I hate it when I have to print. It means two things: I'm using up expensive ink and then I'm going to have to deliver what I print. It's like every print costs me $5. Double the money, double the pollution. I'd rather just email a PDF.
        Best thing I ever did was to get a decent, multifunction b/w laser printer/scanner unit (Brother DCP-7055). Toner is very cheap, does not dry and laser prints very quickly. If I were to replace it I'd basically like a network-enabled version of it. I'm not sure what the state of network scanners is in Linux though.

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        • #14
          Originally posted by royce View Post
          I'm not sure what the state of network scanners is in Linux though.
          Even that is using a standard protocol on many current printers, eSCL ("Airscan"). Its supported by many vendors, and at least on my HP479fdw its working great (via SANE).

          For a great overview, see this talk from LPC 2020: https://linuxplumbersconf.org/event/...ne-airscan.pdf

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          • #15
            Originally posted by royce View Post

            Best thing I ever did was to get a decent, multifunction b/w laser printer/scanner unit (Brother DCP-7055). Toner is very cheap, does not dry and laser prints very quickly. If I were to replace it I'd basically like a network-enabled version of it. I'm not sure what the state of network scanners is in Linux though.
            I'm able to get my HP network printer/scanner/fax to scan on Manjaro over the network if that helps. The HP software simplifies that and makes it easy. I'm not sure how non-HP scanners are.

            That's all I've ever needed so I'm going to look into that.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by royce View Post
              If I were to replace it I'd basically like a network-enabled version of it. I'm not sure what the state of network scanners is in Linux though.
              If CUPS lives, a raspberry pi can easily turn that Brother into a network printer.

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              • #17
                Originally posted by nranger View Post

                If CUPS lives, a raspberry pi can easily turn that Brother into a network printer.
                This. It also turns it into a network scanner. I recently set up a RPi Zero W up as a CUPS/SANE server. My Epson XP-610 is plugged in via USB and is easily visible on my home network as both a printer and scanner.

                The XP-610 has built-in wireless, but I was uncomfortable with Google Cloud Print (EoL scheduled 12/31/2020) and Epson Cloud so I disabled both of them.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by skeevy420 View Post

                  From my position as a small business, very small, I hate it when I have to print. It means two things: I'm using up expensive ink and then I'm going to have to deliver what I print. It's like every print costs me $5. Double the money, double the pollution. I'd rather just email a PDF.
                  Ink? Use Black and White Laser Printing. If you are mailing color print offs you're doing it wrong. Send them a PDF in color, and a hard copy in B&W from a cheap laser printer.

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                  • #19
                    Originally posted by royce View Post
                    I'm not sure what the state of network scanners is in Linux though.
                    Depends on the brand I think, but with Brother, all scanners work great with their driver on Linux. I have two Brother network multifunction printers and no major issue on any Linux computer for printing or scanning. The main reason I am buying Brother is their official Linux support.

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                    • #20
                      But it seems, that Michael R. Sweet creates still software based on CUPS.
                      For example, he is active working on PAPPL
                      https://github.com/michaelrsweet/pappl
                      As he wrote, "PAPPL is a simple C-based framework/library for developing CUPS Printer Applications".
                      The question is, what happens, if the current CUPS isn't good enough for PAPPL. If CUPS needs improvements, that PAPPL needs to use. Will he then further develop on CUPS?
                      Last edited by theuserbl; 13 October 2020, 10:03 AM.

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