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[ubuntu] printer questions and advice.

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http://ubuntuforums.org – background. I don't print often but have found myself with the need to print documents over the next few months. I have 2 computers one is my wife's which is running vista. Because I can't stand vista I am running duel boot ubuntu 9.10. and vista. hooked to her computer is a brother mfc 240c(not sure if this printer will work in linux or not, I did not see it on the supported printers list but I may have been looking in the wrong place). I have print sharing turned on and I have been able to print from my vista to her printer. I have installed simba and have tried to setup her printer on my ubuntu box but have not been able to find her printer. questions. 1)is this worth the effort? can I print from ubuntu to vista? 2) would it be easeier to hook the printer to my computer and have her vista box print through my ubuntu box? 3)would it be easier to just buy a cheap 40 dollar printer for my computer? if so, which one is the easiest to setup and has the cheapest black refills? thanks for your time. p.s. I know little about networking. (Hardware)