Economy Size Geek - Adventures in Scanning
It was a little disappointing that I couldn't get the buttons on the scanner to work, but that ended up being the only roadblock in the whole process. The main lesson is to get the driver for your scanner, then worry about the rest. Scanning under Linux has improved a lot since I last played with it, and I'm really excited to take something off the list of things I have to do on another operating system.
Updates for Previous Columns
Updates on Qimo:
My instructions for getting Qimo to use more modern packages were not detailed enough [see “A Desktop for Our Little Penguin” in the February 2010 issue]. Unfortunately, the original computer I built died before I could get the files off the drive. The good news is that Qimo 2.0 should be out by the time you read this. That version will be in sync with Lucid (10.4) and save you a lot of hassle.
Updates on APT Caching
Eric Cooper, the author of Approx, contacted me about my comments that his software did not handle multiple computers at once [see “Installation Toolkit” in the March 2010 issue]. He pointed out that the criticism might have been from an earlier version. The current version of Approx uses inetd/xinetd, so they do not suffer from that limitation. That means you have several good choices for caching packages on your network! Sorry for the mistake Eric. That's what I get for reading a blog and being in a hurry.
SANE—Supported Devices: www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html
Bug Report: ImageMagick crashes when using adjoin to make a multipage pdf (karmic): https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/imagemagick/+bug/551484
Raimar Sandner's Ubuntu Karmic ImageMagick: convert jpg to pdf segmentation fault: homepage.uibk.ac.at/~c705283/archives/2010/03/19/ubuntu_karmic_imagemagick_convert_jpg_to_pdf_segmentation_fault/index.html
Bug Report: scan utility should now be simple-scan: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/hplip/+bug/539015
Dirk Elmendorf is cofounder of Rackspace, some-time home-brewer, longtime Linux advocate and even longer-time programmer.
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