After spending a few days studying what to do to get my scanner operational, I have decided that the simplest plan is to install the Long Term Support version of UBUNTU. I have researched the version and the documentation says that my scanner is supported.
At the present I am downloading UBUNTU version 6.06. When the download is complete, I will save the files I have added or modified to my external hard drive and install the LTS version of UBUNTU.
After the install is complete, I will copy the files back and I should have a fully operational system. It sounds simple.