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I have tried Canon P-150 (review here), it works to some extent in Windows but I also use many other systems such as Ubuntu so it would be convenient if I could use the same scanner over many computers. Any good open-source-supported duplex scanner in small size on this market? If I could find an open-sourced duplex scanner with proper support, I am pretty sure I could get it working over the different systems. Or is this a pipe-dream? What about if I contacted some printd -software in my server that loaded the proprietary bits every time making the "obfuscated" scanner more cross-platform-compatible? Any such project around? (I know that would not really solve the social problem of distrust between manufacturers and users -- but just a random idea to get the so-called "scanners" even to work.)

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Found a driver here, dpkg -i *.deb then logs here and then tested sane/xsane/etc but cannot get the scanner still working, irritating. Ideas? – user51693 Apr 24 '12 at 4:01
Also please outline which software you use for scanning: xsane, sane -- and what kind of things you downloaded from apt-get to get things working, thank you. – user51693 Apr 25 '12 at 1:33
There are many great card scanners out there. Why are you looking for an open-sourced duplex scanner with support in Ubuntu? For what purpose you use this scanner? – user75951 Jul 9 '12 at 10:48

I have very good personal experience with the HP digital senders. basically something similair to this this,

but there are plenty versions around.

I claim good compatibility since its a stand alone device. Very nifty. It can send you the scanned files directly as emails (pretty platform independent) there is also an app that scans the file directly to a folder on your desktop (probably not as independent as the email feature)

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How did you get it working? With Xsane? P-150 provides only Windows -execution files so P-150 with Wine "Cannot confirm the connection to the scanner. Confirm that the scanner is connected properly." – user51693 Apr 25 '12 at 1:23
It looks lovely scanner 50 pages' container with duplex scanner? Did it work out of the box, please, outline steps -- I want to be sure the scanner works also with my Ubuntu. – user51693 Apr 25 '12 at 1:31

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