Epson Perfection V600 on Ubuntu Linux

The Epson Perfection V600 is a great high-resolution scanner, and I had no problems getting it to work with Ubuntu Karmic. It’s a great scanner and I’ve really been satisfied with it under Ubuntu.

Epson Perfection V600

Epson Perfection V600

Epson Perfection V600 with XSANE

Epson Perfection V600 with XSANE

The V600 doesn’t work right out of the box, but it’s easy to set up. Just download and install ImageScan, a complete scanning program. It also installs drivers that lets you use SANE, both the from the XSANE GUI and from the command line.

The ImageScan interface

The ImageScan interface

ImageScan is a clean and easy-to-use program, and so far I actually prefer it to the cluttered XSANE interface. The V600 seems to be fully operational, and I was able to scan at resolutions of up to 6400dpi. The only caveat is that when scanning at high resolutions, you are limited to a much smaller scanning area. You may need to do several smaller scans and then assemble the images afterwards.

Amazon.com and Newegg both currently have the V600 for around $200.

Epson Perfection V600

Epson Perfection V600

    • G. Morrison
    • July 12th, 2013

    The company behind the program you mentioned in 2010 handed their Linux driver downloads off to the scanner companies–the program you mentioned no longer proves available. Epson, in the past pretty good for Linux compatibility, doesn’t offer a Linux driver for this model.

    It’s now a paperweight in open source–it wasn’t before the end of January of this year, 2013: Beware! “The past does not equal the future!” (Nor, the present….)

    I believe that the V500 still works in open source….

    • G. Morrison
    • July 12th, 2013

    OK, a forum post from March, 2013 concerning the V600, using Ubuntu 12.10, indicates functionality. The driver isn’t available for download from Epson’s site, though. Apparently Epson came through directly and the V600 driver is distro-available, finally. Your download no longer exists, though.

    (This type of doc, and others like it, should be archived wisely, somehow. It’s existence nowadays induces ambiguity….)

    • John
    • August 4th, 2013

    So does this scanner actually work in Linux OK?

    I was looking at getting it for scanning negatives but read elsewhere that it (or maybe the V500) could only scan one negative at a time, not a batch.

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