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XSane Brings Sanity to the Mad, Mad World of Linux Scanning

May 20, 2010, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Using a scanner in Linux is somewhat different than using that same scanner hardware in Windows. This week's Linux Picks focuses on how the XSane scanner app handles that process.

"In the Windows world, scanner hardware is TWAIN-compatible through manufacturer-developed scanning software. By comparison, Linux Land relies on an application programming interface (API) scanning driver called "SANE." This is an acronym for Scanner Access Now Easy. SANE works in conjunction with a common graphical front-end application called "XSane Scanner."

"XSane is not the only front-end GUI (Graphical User Interface) for scanning in Linux distributions. However, it is one of the most widely used scanning apps. Other scanner GUIs are XVscan, tkscan and Kooka, a popular scan application for the KDE desktop."

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