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How I scan household pictures on Linux

Linux is not simply one thing that runs on servers and powers the web. It’s a protected place on your information, your loved ones historical past and reminiscences, working or having enjoyable, and actual life.

Case in level: Right now I’m in the course of a challenge scanning outdated household pictures. I’ve been utilizing Fedora Linux with the GNOME desktop for just a few years, so I did not have to put in any extra software program packages. I simply plug my scanner into the USB port, begin up the scanning software program (Document Scanner), and I’m good to go. Keep studying to see how I did it.

Digitizing reminiscences

Many individuals are serious about studying extra about their household historical past, ancestry, and legacy. With the know-how now out there, digitizing outdated artifacts has develop into a typical apply. Whether it is your Nineteen Eighties cassette assortment, highschool paintings, or outdated household pictures, placing them right into a digital format is a contemporary methodology of preservation and future proofing.

My mother just lately gave me some pictures of a few of my ancestors, so I’ve a number of pictures that I wish to protect. Scanning them not solely gives a sure sense of permanence but in addition permits me to govern them in ways in which have been remarkable within the period after they have been captured. For occasion, I’ve a photograph of my grandfather, who sadly handed just a few years earlier than my delivery. By digitizing his photograph, I can zoom in, get to know him, and possibly relate to him in a method that in any other case could be not possible.


The very first thing to do is plug my Canon scanner into the USB port. When I open Document Scanner, it detects my Canon LiDE 210 scanner. Next, I place the photograph onto the flatbed scanner. I modify the settings for 2400 DPI picture decision to make sure I seize each element.

Then I click on scan. At this decision the scan might take some time, however as soon as it’s full, I can crop the picture as wanted and reserve it.

By the way in which, as I scan my pictures and write this text, I’m additionally having fun with a few of my favourite music with Clementine, an open supply audio participant—on the identical pc. Performance hit? Not a bit!

Once scanning is full, I’ve additionally acquired the choice of cropping the picture and saving it as a PDF, JPG, or no matter format I select.

Real life

Allow me to introduce my grandfather and my Uncle George, circa 1944. George was a World War II vet having seen motion in Europe battling the Nazis. My grandfather, on the proper, was the foreman of a southeastern North Carolina lumber mill. While he did not see the battlefield, he was answerable for captured Nazi POWs assigned to work at his mill. He described them as younger boys that simply needed to go residence to their households.

(Alan Formy-Duval, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Final ideas

As a devoted Linux desktop consumer, I typically hear folks say they do not use Linux as a result of there are specific duties it could possibly’t carry out. Linux is all I exploit, and I have not had that drawback for roughly 14 years and counting. Whether you are searching for a pleasing pastime or a solution to be extra productive, there’s probably an answer for you that runs on Linux.

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