Scanner support

Scanner support

Post by Rasmus B?g Hanse » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



I have promised to set up a computer for my father. He just wants it for a
little internet, word processing, graphics and NO games. I thought fine -
with no games I would prefer Linux, but he also wants a scanner. I have
about two years of linux experience, but I have barely heard of scanner
support in linux. I have heard of SANE, I know GIMP, but does anyone
know something about:

1) How many programs support scanners?

2) What scanners have good support in linux?

3) I know that USB will soon be in official kernels, but are any USB
   scanners supported? SCSI is probably too expensive (It should be a
   cheap computer).

The system would probably be based on RH 6.x
Any help will be very appreciated!

Rasmus B?g Hansen

 
 
 

Scanner support

Post by j.. » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



Quote:>I have promised to set up a computer for my father. He just wants it for a
>little internet, word processing, graphics and NO games. I thought fine -
>with no games I would prefer Linux, but he also wants a scanner. I have
>about two years of linux experience, but I have barely heard of scanner
>support in linux. I have heard of SANE, I know GIMP, but does anyone
>know something about:

>1) How many programs support scanners?

        Once you have acquired a standard format image, what does
        it matter if other applications directly support the scanner?

        WP8 has nice enough standard image support.

Quote:

>2) What scanners have good support in linux?

        Check the sane homepage. That's where our 'twain' layer
        resides. SCSI is your best option. You can get a cheap
        (but fully functional) SCSI card for ~ 30 bux. (tekram)

Quote:

>3) I know that USB will soon be in official kernels, but are any USB
>   scanners supported? SCSI is probably too expensive (It should be a
>   cheap computer).

        You can get a SCSI flatbed scanner for under $100.

        None of the 'really cheap' USB scanners are currently
        supported yet. What Linux does support now is in the
        same price range as SCSI scanners.

Quote:

>The system would probably be based on RH 6.x
>Any help will be very appreciated!

A $30 tekram SCSI2 card + an ~$80 Umax Astra 610S might do for you.
This will also give this workstation acces to external SCSI2 perips
like zips and jazdrives.

Also, USB currently tops out at 1M/s. SCSI2 runs at 10M/s and a
SCSI zipdrive is ~ 2.5 times faster than it's USB counterpart.

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Scanner support

Post by Phillip Deack » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



>1) How many programs support scanners?

>2) What scanners have good support in linux?

>3) I know that USB will soon be in official kernels, but are any USB
>   scanners supported? SCSI is probably too expensive (It should be a
>   cheap computer).

>The system would probably be based on RH 6.x
>Any help will be very appreciated!

>Rasmus B?g Hansen

Linux supports many SCSI scanners which usually come with a simple SCSI
card. I have an Agfa SnapScan 310 which came with an Adaptec card and
works very well in Linux.

You need to have SANE installed on your machine. SANE is similar to
TWAIN for Windows in that it provides an interface to the scanner. You
would be able to access the interface using the GIMP or by directly
invoking 'xscanimage'. It has all the usuals, like preview, scan,
adjustment of dpi, image type etc., does an excellent job.

Info on scanners supported by SANE is avaiable from:
http://www.mostang.com/sane/

--
Phillip Deackes
Debian Linux (Potato)

 
 
 

1. UMAX Astra 1200S Scanner Support

Does anyone know what the scsi card packaged with this scanner is?

Anyone tried the umax driver with this scanner?

Thanks for the feedback.
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Marc Zuckman

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