I am lazy when it comes to usage of my scanner, it has buttons on the front, and I expect to be able to scan using those buttons without having the screen on the computer disrupted. This is not the case on my Mac, but is the configuration I have on my Linux laptop. I have also recently found VirtualBox to work nicely enough to play with, so I may be able to set up the scanner in Linux in a box on the Mac.
So far I installed scanbuttond, and see that the scanner is detected and button presses detected.
apt-get install scanbuttond
Later I will look up the rest of the configuration and return to this mini-project.
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