Scanning in Linux with iscan and XSane

“In the past, Linux has had some serious issues with scanning
tools. When USB scanners replaced the old parallel port scanners it
seemed nothing would work. But, as usual, Linux caught up and USB
scanner support started appearing. Now many scanners are supported
under Linux and the tools available for scanning have improved
greatly. The improvements in scanner support have been made
possible by the Sane Project.

“The first thing you will want to do is check the Sane supported
scanner listing on the Sane Project site. But don’t let your
scanner not being on that list stop you. My Epson Perfection V30
was not on the list and I still managed to get it working with the
help of iscan. The iscan package is a simple scanning tool for
Epson scanners. You can find the iscan tool within Synaptic. The
iscan tool also integrates perfectly into The GIMP, so all your
image needs can be met within one tool. But iscan is not the only
option. There is also the Xsane tool, which is far more powerful
than iscan. Let’s take a look at both of these scanning
utilities to see how scanning is handled under the Linux operating

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