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Open Source OCR That Makes Searchable PDFs 133

Posted by timothy
from the word-of-advice dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In my job all of our multifunction copiers scan to PDF but many of our users want and expect those PDFs to be text searchable. I looked around for software that would create text searchable pdfs but most are very expensive and I couldn't find any that were open source (free). I did find some open source packages like CuneiForm and Exactimage that could in theory do the job, but they were hard to install and difficult to set up and use over a network. Then I stumbled upon WatchOCR. This is a Live CD distro that can easily create a server on your network that provides an OCR service using watched folders. Now all my scanners scan to a watched folder, WatchOCR picks up those files and OCRs them, and then spits them out into another folder. It uses CuneiForm and ExactImage but it is all configured and ready to deploy. It can even be remotely managed via the Web interface. Hope this proves helpful to someone else who has this same situation."
Operating Systems

A GNU/Linux Distro Needing Windows To Install? 174

Posted by kdawson
from the for-some-values-of-instant dept.
dgun writes "I recently put together a new PC. When I purchased the motherboard, I noticed that it came with an instant-on OS, a small GNU/Linux distro called Splashtop. I assumed that the OS was on a ROM chip on the motherboard. To my great annoyance, when I tried to boot to this OS, a message said that it was not installed. It turns out that motherboard comes with an install disk for this GNU/Linux OS — that you can only run from Windows, to install Splashtop on the hard drive. First of all, doesn't installing it on the hard drive defeat the point of having an instant-on OS? If I wanted to dual-boot a small GNU/Linux OS, there are plenty that I could choose from. Second, if distributing GPL'ed software by means that completely preclude it from being used without Windows is not a violation of the GPL, should it not be?"

Comment: Re:while I don't know about non-ASUS netbook Linux (Score 1) 833

by Jafar00 (#27540447) Attached to: Linux On Netbooks — a Complicated Story
I just bought two acer one netbooks for the office. They came with windows which I rapidly replaced with Ubuntu UNR and they look damn nice.
My office has been running Ubuntu for 6 months and as the staff are familiar with it, Ubuntu on the netbook is "familiar" to them.
In fact, after using Ubuntu, my staff are hooked. My Secretary even brought her personal laptop in to me to have windows replaced with Ubuntu.
I agree though, the problem with linux on netbooks is the dumbed down interface. When you get a machine with XP it is just the normal desktop. If they stick Linux on them with a normal and more familiar desktop setup, they would see far less people returning them.

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