While not perfect, support for scanners on Linux is constantly improving; just check the list of devices supported by SANE (Scanner Access Now Easy — the scanning suite for Linux and other Unix-like systems). One thing that’s still missing though is a way to make a scanner’s buttons work on Linux. That’s what this tutorial is about.
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I run Ubuntu 6.10 (Egdy Eft) on my desktop system, but all required programs are available on most Linux distributions and, possibly, BSD variants. The actual programs you will need for this setup are:
scanimage, the scanning command of the SANE package. In Ubuntu/Debian this command is included in the sane-utils package.