debian installation

Terry D. Cudney terry.cudney at
Sat Feb 11 17:05:41 EST 2006

Hello Chuck and everyone on the list,

	The gocr and a couple of other packages for ocr under linux are not very accurate.

	However, there is a very good package from Vividata for ocr under linux. If you are interested, the info and software are available on:

	in two files called xtrclilite*.

	This is a commercial package from Vividata. They have very kindly provided a few of us in the speakup community license keys at  no charge while they are determining a method a fair pricing for blind users.

	You will need the sane package installed and working with your scanner. Check out the package on  If you are interested in this ocr software, please contact me and I will see if Vividata will still provide license keys for us.


> Ned,
> There is scanner support in Linux with a couple of Debian packages, but 
> I am not sure it is as accurate as the stuff for Windows yet. Scanners 
> are supported with a package called "sane" (scanners are now easy) that 
> gives you a command line application called "scanimage".  Then the OCR 
> part is done with a package called "gocr" (you install both gocr and 
> gocr-doc) and that too is a command line program. So, they work, but I 
> am not sure how well. 
> Chuck
> On Sat, Feb 11, 2006 at 10:04:01AM -0700, Ned wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I installed debian with speakup in my classroom successfully after going through the process once with my instructor. It went so smoothly to the point of being incredible; I mean that was the first ever OS I have ever installed on my own.
> > 
> > Now, you guess, I want to do the same thing here at home on my own machine, and that's where my questions start:
> > I have XP Pro on my 40-gig hd which is not partitioned, and I decided to buy one more hd on which I want to install Linux. That 2nd hd would be a slave, so how do I tell the debian to install itself onto that hd and to boot up from it? Is this the best solution? I could get rid of everything that is on the current hd and install Linux only, but in that case, will linux support scanner on which I depend so much?
> > 
> > I need to get this done asap!
> > 
> > Bytheway, is there anybody willing to sell a hardware dec talk synth?
> > 
> > Many thanks in advance!
> > Ned
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