Scanners are extremely useful and about as cheap a peripheral device as you can get. They allow you to take images or pages of text and input them, in digital form, into your computer—in much the same way as you would duplicate a document on a copy machine.

Even though scanners have been around for a relatively long time, support for them in Linux is still a bit spotty. Fortunately, this is changing for the better with every new Linux release. The backend—the hidden part of your system that handles scanner recognition and support in Linux—is called Sane. If you are wondering whether Linux will be able to recognize your scanner or if you are trying to figure out what type of scanner to buy, you can visit the Sane website at ...

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