What do I need to run ArahWeave software?
As an absolute minimum:
What do we recommend?
Please note, that this is just a recommendation of what we consider cost effective purchase at a given moment. This is just a suggestion, if you would be buying a new computer. But it does not mean that that you can not use it productively on a less powerful configuration.
Which Linux should I use?
You need to have a relatively new version of Linux to run the demo. If your Linux is less than 5 years old, you should be OK. For example OpenSUSE 10.1, 10.2 10.3 11.0, 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3 are all OK. If your Linux is older than that, do yourself a favor and upgrade. Linux has made big progress in the mean time; it is like going from Windows XP to 7.
If color accuracy is very important to you:
You can consider buying GretagMacbeth Spectrolino. Spectrolino is supported directly from ArahWeave - you just attach it to the serial port of your computer, and you can add new yarn colors to your color palette in a matter of seconds. We are also using the same spectrophotometer, so you will get the best results if you use the same brand and model as we do.
If you plan to do jacquard:
You can also use graphical tablet under Linux. You should check the list of supported tablets prior to buying. We have good experience with Wacom Intuos 2 and 3. Wacom Intuos 4 also works, but requires installation of a driver from this site.