I have been impressed with the SANE project for scanners. Because I haven’t had to screw around with ANYTHING so far to get my scanners to work (across several different configurations). Sometimes separate units, sometimes built into the printer, sometimes parallel port, usually USB port.
# apt-get install sane
xsaneto get the front-end GUI and the system up and running.
# apt-get install xsane
Scanning from within the Gimp is easy - just go to:
And the rest should be straight-forward. If you have a special Hewlett-Packard multi-function printer then you can also scan from within the “hplip” project.