Brother HL-2150N in Ubuntu Karmic

Normally I try to stick with HP printers when using them in Linux as they seem to have the best support thanks to HP’s efforts with HPLIP.

I recently went against my own advice and purchased a Brother HL-2150N monochrome network laser printer. Brother have at least tried to provide drivers for Linux and even supply Deb packages. Unfortunately installation is a mess involving ugly binary wrappers and packages that don’t appear to conform to Debian policies very well.

Whilst there is no official support for this printer model in Ubuntu 9.10, it can be set up to work via Ethernet fairly easily. Continue reading

Grep for Windows

Ever since using Ubuntu as my primary OS I’ve missed many of the command line tools when using Windows. However I just discovered Windows has it’s own version of the grep command called findstr.

I’m probably a bit behind the eight ball here but despite it’s awful name, mangled switches and  other Microsoftisms findstr seems to behave in quite a similar fashion to good old grep, enough for basic commands at least.