I just installed Manjaro on my little Netbook which I’m quite only using for document printing & scanning purposes. And guess what: Setting up the printer driver using CUPS and installing the scanner directly in SANE only took a couple of minutes – doing so on Windows was a real PITA instead:
Searching the right driver from the manufacturer’s website, noticing that there was no x64 driver for Win7, reinstalling Windows just to finally have it available..and on Linux, all the drivers were there already. Still can’t believe it. It’s awesome! 😀
Oh and something beyond Windows’s „default“ capabilities: There’s a complete OCR functionality available in SANE – you just have got to install a ~2 MB large package called gocr!