[Talk] Quality of commercial hardware

Daniel O'Connor darius at dons.net.au
Fri Jun 25 12:46:18 EST 2004

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On Fri, 25 Jun 2004 11:43, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
> OK, I admit it, I gave in to the dark side.  A couple of months ago I
> decided that "SANE" stood for "Scanner Access Not Easy" and that I
> could accept using Microsoft to run a scanner, something like a tool
> rather than an operating system.  So I bought a Canon "CanoScan" 9900F
> scanner and tried to use it.
> We'll skip over how incredibly painful it is to use Microsoft.
> Suffice it to say that I found out how to set up Samba and store the
> images directly on a real computer.  The real problem was in the
> software supplied with scanner itself: Canon don't believe in
> supplying product specs, and their own "driver" is so buggy that it's
> almost useless.

Canon printers can be like this too :(
No documentation, no open source drivers..

Epson seem to do a better job in this regard (although I don't know about 
their scanners).

We have a HP ScanJet 5200C which works pretty well in FreeBSD, but it doesn't 
do film/slide scanning.

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