[sane-devel] What does basic support mean on the supported devices page for Plustek Opticbook 3600?

Olaf Meeuwissen paddy-hack at member.fsf.org
Mon Apr 9 13:50:57 BST 2018

Hi Alex,

Alex ARNAUD writes:

> Hello all,
> I'm trying to help a visual-impaired person that wants to switch to
> GNU/Linux.
> He has a Plustek Opticbook 3600 and I found on this page:
> https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/doc/libsane/supported.html that the
> support of this device is noted as basic but honestly I don't understand
> what this mean.

The meaning of "basic" and other status classifiers are explained in the
Legend at the bottom of the page.  There's a link near the top, BTW.

> What does basic support for such device mean ?

  basic means it works at least in the most important modes but quality
  is not perfect.

> Is the page I've found correct to check if an hardware is compatible
> with Sane?

The page is not wrong but a bit out-of-date.  Have a look at


for the latest information.  FWIW, the support status of the scanner you
mentioned has *not* changed.

Hope this helps,
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