I have read here, that it works with Ubuntu. Actually that was a good reason for picking this scanner. Remember, I still have the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS running on Alice.
This is how I got it work:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plaxx/random-fixes
2.) Open System> Administration> Software Sources
...go to "Other Software" tab
Edit "http://ppa.launchpad.net/plaxx/random-fixes/ubuntu lucid main"
Change "lucid" to "maverick"
(leave the source checked!)
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libsane sane-utils
In the process of trying I installed the latest SANE and libusb, I don't know what kind of effect this had on the outcome.
This is what happened before I got "Susy" (this is how I named the LiDE 210) to work:
1.) I unboxed the scanner. Made a video of it, 'cause this little thing is amazing.
2.) Plugged it in the USB...
3.) ...nothing happened.
Oh, no problem, this wasn't Ubuntu if everything worked out of the box.
So let's see, what we can do to get the scanner running:
1.) Check the SANE site for details on how the scanner is supported:
|genesys||1.0-62||CanoScan LiDE 210||USB||0x04a9/0x190a||complete||GL124 based, resolution from 75 to 2400 dpi||sane-genesys|
3.) Install libusb-dev files through Synaptic
4.) Install the newest libusb version
5.) Plugging in the scanner again...
...still nothing happens.
6.) Restarting the computer...
7.) Trying out on Windows7...
...it works! Yeah! At least the product is functioning for sure.
Okay... let's go another round... how should an usb scanner work on Ubuntu?
1.) Checking Ubuntu Documentation.
2.) Checking Support Forums... Found something worth a try. (Changing the bottomlesspit thing's repository from lucid to maverick, as it is originally for maverick.)
3.) Doing the update end install thing again
...and it works! :-) Finally.