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    Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    I am still new to Linux and have never built, compiled or made a package and have little idea what these things mean.

    However, the distro I am on (Lubuntu) does not have tesseract 3. When I went to the google page to learn how to compile it etc, the instructions were appalling and aimed at people who had done this sort of thing before.

    So I am thinking I would perhaps like to try a linux distro which has tesseract 3 available without having to learn to program these things.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    There's a repo for it here http://notesalexp.net/
    or you could do http://www.webupd8.org/2011/03/gimag...-gui-gets.html

    Why do people always complicate things?

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    Re: Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    Thanks

    Your first link I udnerstood until I got to the part which said:

    wget -O - http://notesalexp.net/debian/alexp_key.asc | apt-key add

    I am on Lubuntu which I think is Oneiric, so will the key work?

    then what will happen when I type:

    apt-get install package


    what does "package" mean here?

    Do I really have to do it as su? The google site also mentioned installing as a user.

    Your second link ended up taking me to
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimagereader/files/0.9/
    where I would still have to extract and play with a .gz file. I have no experience doing this.

    Thanks again. Looking forward to your help again!

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    Re: Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    I am on Lubuntu which I think is Oneiric, so will the key work?
    It's just a security/authenticity key for the repo.

    apt-get install package

    what does "package" mean here?
    The name of the package you want to install as per the list of packages available further down. "tesseract-ocr" is the package you are after. You will have to install it with sudo apt-get install tesseract-ocr or you can install it via the software centre or synaptic package manager once you have added the repo.

    I don't know which version of ubuntu you have installed, you will have to tell us that 11.10, 12.04, 12.10 etc etc.
    Last edited by mips; November 5th, 2012 at 01:30 PM.

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    Re: Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin McCready View Post
    Your second link ended up taking me to
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimagereader/files/0.9/
    where I would still have to extract and play with a .gz file. I have no experience doing this.
    No. There is a .deb file which is the native package format of ubuntu or debian. Download gimagereader_0.9-1_all.deb and simply install it.

    You can install it via the software centre if you double click on the package or you can install it from the command line with sudo dpkg -i gimagereader_0.9-1_all.deb
    Last edited by mips; November 5th, 2012 at 01:30 PM.

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    Re: Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    I decided to try the second link as you suggested because it seemed easier.

    I downloaded the .deb file as suggested. First I just clicked on the download and it installed. But when I tried to launch it from the menu nothing happened. So I reinstalled it again, this time with the dpkg command from the terminal as you suggested. I tried again to launch the program from the menu system but nothing happened. So I tried from the terminal by typing the command gimagereader and got the message:

    Failed to load gImageReader modules, check your installation: No module named Image

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    Re: Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    As far as i'm aware gimagereader is just a gui for tesseract and requires it to be installed so see step one.

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    Re: Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    Tesseract 3 can be installed with a couple of clicks in the Software Center if you are using 12.04 or newer.

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    Re: Lightweight Linux distro with tesseract 3

    Thanks for that. I might just upgrade afterall.

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