PC-TECH USB label printer with SOLUS
UPDATE: I spent a good part of the morning on a continued web search, and indeed some things have changed since the last time I looked. Brother has more versions of label printers, and for at least one of them they offer Linux drivers (and presumably a label editor) in .deb and .rpm formats. How easily one of those could be used to install the driver on Solus, I don't know. It could be relatively simple, or it could be a nightmare, and I wouldn't know until I'd bought the printer (serial no. required to download software) and tried to adapt the driver. That's not appealing to me, however for someone without a current working alternative (you?), it might be more attractive.
There are other articles on building CUPS drivers, including one that has an 11-page instruction guide for building it. Not complicated at all. 😀
At this point, I'm going to change my focus to locating one of the environments for running Windows games on Linux, that might also work with the label editor from Brother. I tried WINE briefly, but without success. Not a "gamer," I'm unfamiliar with the rest of the emulators and other software used for running Windows games on Linux.
Attempting to run under WINE, I ran into a problem with a missing mfc.dll (Microsoft Foundation Classes). At the time I didn't go any farther with it, although I'm sure I can find versions of that DLL on my workstation. I have Visual Studio versions from 2003 to 2015 installed on that machine. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's successfully run mfc-based Windows software with WINE.
For reasons I've explained before, this whole project isn't at the top of my to-do list. To print labels now, I need to shut down my workstation, swap out the Solus SSD, swap in the Windows 10 SSD, boot up Windows, and often as not, update the Brother editor. Then I can create and print the labels, shut down the workstation, swap out the Windows 10 SSD, swap in the Solus SSD, restart, and return to where I was. As much of a pain in the butt as that is, I need to do it only infrequently,
This one application is the only remaining use case that isn't handled here by Solus. Finding a Solus solution for it would mean that I can finally divorce us entirely from Windows. I'm pretty sure that would be very good for my mental health.