When searching for instructions on how to get scanning on my room-mate's Samsung MFP to work under Linux, I mainly came across instructions on how to install the Samsung Binary Drivers. I specifically looked over the alternatives page (http://www.bchemnet.com/suldr/alternatives.html) before giving up.
The problem with binary drivers is that they are potential spy-ware that can compromise your machine. They are also pre-compiled for common architectures, discouraging the use of odd-ball ones such as MIPSel. There is also the problem where support for older printers is often dropped. Finally, installing software from random websites is a bad habit (https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian) that can easily break or compromise your system.
Searching with the term "Samsung" on the SANE Supported Scanners - Search Engine (http://www.sane-project.org/cgi-bin/driver.pl?manu=Samsung) , I learned that the sane-xerox_mfp
back-end appears to support many Samsung MFP devices: including the one I was trying to use. As of this writing, I only got it to work over the USB bus (not the network).
PS: I accidentally downloaded the MacOS Scanning drivers from the Samsung website. Those archives are around 60MB, rather than 15-23MB for the Linux and Windows Binaries. I wonder if MacOS drivers include human-readable code, suitable for documenting the interface without "reverse engineering".
PPS: This forum appears to disallow more than 3 links. I deleted
link in order to post. The 403 error message is terse:
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You don't have permission to access /suldr/forum/index.php on this server.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.