So, if I understand correctly, the answer lies over at https://code.launchpad.net/~michael-...runk/+packages, then launching "scangearmp" from terminal.
A couple of questions (the computer of the person I am trying to help is so slow and underpowered that any external help or insight would be greatly appreciated):
1) are both "scangearmp-common-1.80" and "cnijfilter-common-3.70" needed?
2) what will happen when quantal (or any other new version) comes out -- will scanning work no more every six months? (I am thinking of locking this person to precise for them to stop needing me helping them, although this would only be if necessary.)