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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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.