I have a special thing: I want to share my scanner over the network. The scanner is connected to a Windows 7 machine, but I want to use it from Ubuntu 10.04...

I found some methods:

  • USB over Network - it can handle Linux > Windows; and Windows > Windows it has Windows (and Windows CE) & Linux server, but it has only Windows client, their Linux client is coming soon - that's a drag :( - it is not free, but what uses Windows, what is free?

  • USBip - to Linux > Linux, it is free, and nice

I'm looking for the other way, what can handle Windows > Linux thing... I prefer free things, but that thing is maybe not free...

  • Try researching Samba solutions.
    – Oxwivi
    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:21
  • Thanks your suggestion, but what Samba solutions is available for sharing a scanner, not a printer... I know the printer is easy shareable(I already shared it), but that is a scanner(but it is a MFP - HP psc 2175)
    – antivirtel
    Feb 20, 2011 at 11:59

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"If you want to share with another Linux or Unix system, SANE alone should work. If you want to share with a Windows client, you'll need a Windows SANE front-end, such as SaneTwain."

Source: http://fixunix.com/smb/62684-sharing-printers-scanner-samba.html


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