I'm shopping for a document scanner. Some options are advertised as having drivers Windows and Mac. How can I know if it will run under Debian? I don't mind to install proprietary drivers, if I have to, but buying it just to discover it won't run sucks.

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    If it's TWAIN, it will work. – ajeh Jun 22 '18 at 16:14
  • @ajeh: it is TWAIN. But how much tweaking will be necessary for it to work? Would it be kind of plug-n-play? – Pierre B Jun 22 '18 at 16:44
  • @ajeh AFAIK, TWAIN data sources are OS-specific. An alternative to SANE, sort of... – derobert Jun 22 '18 at 16:58

The first place to check is SANE's list of supported devices, which you can access at http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html, both for the latest release and development versions. (Note at the moment the scanner search engine is broken; use the full lists instead).

Google is probably your best bet for finding if the manufacturer provides a proprietary driver. Also for finding other people's experience with the scanner on Linux.

If you're willing to pay for non-free scanner software, you could also check out VueScan which has an extensive supported device list.

  • If you install a proprietary driver, then be prepared for you system to be unstable. Better to chose a scanner that is supported. – ctrl-alt-delor Jun 22 '18 at 17:09

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