I bought an Epson Perfection V300 a few weeks ago because it appeared to be usable in Linux with VueScan. When I tried to get it to run I had no luck. The driver for the scanner was supposed to be at AVASYS.
Finally, on the 19th of December, AVASYS indicated that a driver existed for the V300. I downloaded the .deb files for 64-bit Ubuntu, but the iscan .deb file wouldn’t install because libltdl3 was required by the driver and libltdl7 was what was provided by Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex). I downloaded the necessary libltdl7-dev and other dependencies and compiled iscan. I installed it with checkinstall so I could use the package manager to uninstall it or upgrade it. However, it still didn’t work. I even tried it in 32-bit mode on another machine without luck.
I found a link from the AVASYS message board to this Ubuntu Forums thread. I removed the iscan and firmware files, installed the libltdl3 package from Ubuntu Hardy (8.04), and installed the iscan and driver from the .deb files. Voila! a working scanner! .
I’ve been busy scanning in slides and some negatives at 4800 dpi. Talk about a happy camper.