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Scanner drivers: Scanner drivers for multi-function devices should not come in the form of desktop applications, they should come as drivers for SANE, so that every scanning software for Linux can be used with the built-in scanner. This also saves the cost and effort of writing a scanning GUI.
SANE: Every Linux distribution ships SANE to access scanners and all free scanning software under Linux uses SANE. So if you want to provide full functionality for a multi-function printer with scanner, base your scanner driver on SANE. This way every user can use the scanning software he is used to, and easily switch between different scanners without needing to learn to use a new interface all the time. SANE is also included in the LSB DDK now, but this part is not yet intensively tested and SANE is also not yet in the LSB. SANE modules compiled in the LSB Build Environment with the LSB DDK should work on all distributions with SANE 1.0.x. It is planned to make SANE a requirement for LSB 4.1.
The only reason that your printer (AFAIK)could be non-funtional is because you are running Debian Sid-
And Sid is unstable.
My other thought is that the correct 64-bit sane and Brother libraries are not being loaded. I would suggest rechecking your work on the installation of the Brother scanner library files, paying particular attention to the contents of /usr/lib/.
You could also ask for help by getting in contact with Brother directly. I have done this in the past and each time I received a prompt, informative and helpful reply.
IMHO there are only two printer/scanner manufacturers with good support for Linux, namely HP and Brother. That you are having problems on Debian, a distribution directly supported by Brother, is surprising.