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Linux Fax Software

Deal Hound 2,084 August 10, 2015 at 02:36 PM
Years ago I replaced my old clunky fax machine with an old laptop running Windows 7 and Windows Fax and Scan. It worked fantastically for faxing. There was no more wasted paper and no more buying expensive fax machine cartridges.

I recently formatted the drive on the laptop to reinstall Windows because it was slow to boot. However, I wasn't able to find my license key and get my new Windows installation to activate. So, I decided to just install Xubuntu since I've been migrating away from Windows to Linux anyway.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a good (preferably free and open source) fax program that runs on Linux. Windows Fax and Scan was perfect, so I would be all set if I could just find something similar for Linux.

Does anyone know of such a program? I know one has to exist.

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Years ago I replaced my old clunky fax machine with an old laptop running Windows 7 and Windows Fax and Scan. It worked fantastically for faxing. There was no more wasted paper and no more buying expensive fax machine cartridges.

I recently formatted the drive on the laptop to reinstall Windows because it was slow to boot. However, I wasn't able to find my license key and get my new Windows installation to activate. So, I decided to just install Xubuntu since I've been migrating away from Windows to Linux anyway.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a good (preferably free and open source) fax program that runs on Linux. Windows Fax and Scan was perfect, so I would be all set if I could just find something similar for Linux.

Does anyone know of such a program? I know one has to exist.
Regarding windows, the license key may be embedded in the bios of the computer. All you need is an OEM install disc from dell, hp, or whoever made the computer and it probably won't even ask for a license key. Also check under your battery for a license sticker.

It has been a very long time since I last sent/received a fax using linux. Many of the programs that exist may require manually editing configuration files and using command line tools. Received faxes are likely to be saved as multi-page tiffs which may require special software to view.

Viewers include: QFaxReader, Kfax, fast FAX viewer for HylaFAX
Software that can send/receive faxes:
http://mgetty.greenie.net/
https://www.cce.com/efax/
http://www.hylafax.org/content/Main_Page

There are some front ends that make them easier to use:
http://efax-gtk.sourceforge.net/
there are also several for hyla fax
http://gfax.cowlug.org/ <-- !! webpage currently offline see web archive https://web.archive.org/web/20150...owlug.org/
http://shino.pos.to/linux/tkscanfax_e.html

Getting modems to play nice under linux can be difficult. Most modems made in the last 15 years are what are know as "soft modems" or win modems. This basically means instead of lots of dedicated hardware, cheaper hardware has been used and the modem drivers and computer's CPU does most of the work. It's pretty easy to see why this can be problematic under linux. Many soft modems are supported under linux, but sometimes certain features of the modem won't work.

I'm sure there are some other software options I couldn't quickly locate.
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Last edited by jkee August 10, 2015 at 04:41 PM
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If you can scan you could probably use a SIP client to send out. Zoiper has the menu options for fax but I can't say I've tried it. Of course, you'd need a SIP account too
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