Using a USB Scanner in Linux (Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04)

These days I find myself spending a little extra time researching my hardware purchases to ensure they work with Linux (since we now nearly exclusively run Ubuntu in our house). A few names that seem “friendly” towards Linux are Brother, Epson, LinkSys, DLink and sometimes HP. My pick for a scanner was the Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner. I got it up and running in 10 minutes running XSane and some dependent packages that support Epsom scanners.

It can be a challenge sometimes to find hardware that runs with Linux so be very careful when you do want to purchase a device, whether it be an MP3 player, a printer, a scanner, or a modem you need to keep in mind that your loved device is as useful as cow manure if not supported on your primary operating system. Take the time to research and review before you buy to find the best device at the best price and a good warranty as well.

I give the Epson Perfection v300 a 4 of 5 star rating. the V500 is too pricy in my opinion and only offers higher resolution scanning (which is hardly noticeable unless you are doing professional work with photos or something). Although I like Canon hardware, avoid them when it comes to Linux as they are not “Linux Friendly” in most cases which is unfortunate.

2 Responses to Using a USB Scanner in Linux (Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04)

  1. Mark,
    First and foremost, I want to thank you for making it known that you are a Christian. I am as well, and it’s good to know that we have brothers and sisters in Christ who want to make it their aim to reach the world with the truth of the gospel. Thank you for your post as well, for it’s good to know which printers work with Ubuntu and which do not. I am currently in the process of trying to get my Dell printer (which does not work with Linux) to work with Ubuntu, and it’s hard getting the printer to work. I just recently found some information on how to get other drivers installed which will allow the printer to work; however, whenever I try to print a test page, it does physically print (even though it says that the printer printed successfully). I am working on making it work. Do you know anything about Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope which would be able to help me out? Thank you, Mark. Blessings to you and your wife!

  2. Is your printer hooked up using USB or a network cable?