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Old 04-22-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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Best Linux dist for color management and printing

Is any one distribution of Linux, particularly suited for color management and printing? I have alot of photo printing to do that needs to be accurate color wise, I have already installed Open Suse with Gnome to try Linux, on an old machine and the printing although good, is very slow...
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I don't know, but Colour Management is a relatively recent addition to the Gimp, so, if you are using that, more recent is probably better.
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it depends on hardware mostly. (and sometimes drivers itself).
OpenSuSE ain't a lightweight distribution, so it can be a hog on lowend machines (aka. old machines).
Cups, spools everything first before it sends it to the printer. And that takes memory and cpu cycles.

Maybe you could try another distribution more geared towards the hardware you're running.
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If Suse is running too slow for your machine, might I suggest using Zenwalk: Zenwalk will run noticeably faster than Suse. Zenwalk is also fairly easy to use for a linux novice. Read the Zenwalk manual to get started:
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The multimedia:color_management repository has many colour management aware applications and tools. There is as well the photo repository on openSUSE's build service (OBS) with colour managed applications like photoprint. The search form is simple to use with one click package installation support, at least for the openSUSE distribution itself.

If you have a 64-bit system, you can download Oyranos LiveCD. It currently supports nvidia graphic cards. The basic instant monitor colour correction works without any colour measurement device. However the CD focuses on KDE, because for that exist a Oyranos front end.


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