Ubuntu vs. Windows 7 on the business desktop
Microsoft Windows may be the de facto standard desktop operating system in business environments, but high costs, restrictive licences and constant security issues are leading an increasing number of companies to consider open source alternatives — as Kat Orphanides explains.
Ubuntu's scanner handling is similarly straightforward. It uses Linux's SANE driver to provide support for a massive range of both USB and network scanners and MFDs, including many which are no longer supported under recent versions of Windows. Some options provided by OEM scanner drivers may be missing, but more capable image scanning can be had with Hamrick's commercial VueScan 9 software.
Image Editing & DTP
Linux image-editors are generally not as polished as their Windows or Mac OS X equivalents, but GIMP should be mostly familiar to anyone more used to Adobe Photoshop and it's certainly as capable.
As with Windows, connecting a USB storage device that contains images to an Ubuntu PC results in a dialog box that asks how to handle it. Options here include simply showing the device's contents in a window, or browsing the images using the smartly designed photo organisation tool, Shotwell.
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