Scanner on Linux, Anyone

And, speaking of things which annoy me, I’m about to return the third scanner that I have bought, brought home, and discovered is not supported. Two of these scanners are listed as supported, but SANE doesn’t find them when I plug them in.

Yes, I expect I could spend 5 hours tinkering and get it to work, but I don’t have the patience for that sort of nonsense, and, besides, that would probably result in something that sort-of worked, most of the time. And I *really* don’t have the patience for that.

Can someone please tell me what scanner I should buy, if I just want to plug it in and have it work? Am I really going to be tied into the $200+ range to get something that will work out of the box? That would suck, but I’d rather know that now than go through the entire inventory at CompUSless one at a time.

It would probably be faster to write down their inventory, and bring it home to compare against the supported list, since the list is 31 pages printed, and I don’t particularly want to print it all out.

I look forward to the day when hardware manufacturers are aware of Linux to a sufficient degree to mention it on the box, ship drivers, and mention it on their web site.