I want to buy a scanner for my future Linux machine. But I am worried about spyware since scanners bundle third-party proprietary software with the scanner and printer manufacturers already use steganography.

Does any company sell open-source scanners with the same business model as the MakerBot Replicator, whose plans were open-source and the company had profits from customers who didn't want to make the 3D printer from scratch?


The Free Software Foundation has made a list of GNU/Linux compatible hardwares, freely editable by anyone with an account, which can be found here:


Then after going to that website go to H-node's search (H-node is the directory of FOSS hardware):


And go to scanners category:


As of August 2018, the list of scanners with full compatibility with free software has 6 models with commercialization dates between 2002 and 2011.

  • fwiw it's worth, though this is from a long time ago, I've had extremely poor results from a member of the Canoscan family under both Linux and macos. – Italian Philosophers 4 Monica Aug 12 '18 at 23:38

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