Linux.com: Scanners & LinuxFeb 27, 2000, 15:21 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan-Erik Mouzakis Gagnum)
"How many times have you wanted to purchase a scanner, but was not sure if it was supported in Linux? Most people have come across this problem more than once. The reason for this (and I have stressed it in the past), is that most manufacturers just don't recognize Linux as an Operating System that has a future with their product. They only want to provide where they deem right. For them, right is where the money can be found...."
"Scanner Access Now Easy" -- SANE is the result of many developers around the globe working together to avoid the problems that TWAIN presents in Windows. Essentially it is a universal scanner interface. It provides a frontend, which accepts data and actions from any source, and is free to provide the results from the scan in any way. It talks with a backend to the driver of the scanner. The genius concept behind this is that the frontend does not deal in any way with the hardware, thus providing a common or universal interface to various supported scanners. The Backends, or scanner drivers, are only responsible for handling the input from the frontend and delivering the output."