Can you access a scanner from a virtual machine

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http://forums.opensuse.org – Can I access a USB scanner from Windows XP running in a Virtualbox virtual machine on OpenSuse 11.1 or 11.2? I need to purchase a scanner, and the support for scanners under linux appears to be somewhat limited. I have a Virtualbox virtual machine in which I can run Windows XP, and since all of the scanners I have seen are strongly supported under that OS I was wondering if I could just access the scanner from Windows XP under the virtual machine. That way if I buy a scanner and can't get it to work under OpenSuse (I'm currently using v11.1 on one computer and v11.2 on another computer), I can still get it to work by using the VM. Thank you. (Distributions)