The time has come to archive several decades of my family snapshots. I've got the option to use either a Lexmark P4350 scanner or an HP Scanjet G4050 (If this matters much). I'm looking for general advice and insight regarding procedure, technique, and software. If any of you have done, attempted this, please share your experience(s), links, tutorials, anything. Keep in mind: * I am doing this myself. It's cost efficient and much more rewarding than shipping my family albums off to some company. Please do not just say pay for it. I only add this because I've noticed similar useless comments on countless forums with people asking for similar advice. * I'm using a Windows machine for this particular project. It is what I have at my disposal. * The Lexmark scanner is the most accessible. Any benefits to using the HP scanner? What should I be thinking about, if at all, regarding scanner choice? * I will most likely try to scan 4 or more images at once. Any software suggestions for separating/isolating photos? * Is there more than one program I should use to do this? I'm not well versed with Photoshop yet, but I've got it. The same goes for GIMP. I'm open to experimenting with them if the easiest route through this project goes through either program. * If it's easier/beneficial to use anything other than the preview/scanner utility, I'm open to suggestions! Freeware is best, but I'll torrent something if it'll be worth my while. * Is there a better approach to archiving other than scanning my photos as Jpeg's, titling them in a series resembling scan0001, and dumping them on my hard drive? I don't use anything to sort/organize/anything my photos, but I'd like to. My own pictures are unceremoniously dumped in folders labeled with vague descriptions sorted by year. I'd like to grow out of this habit, avoiding it entirely for this project. * I'd prefer not to take pictures of pictures. But I have a Canon G10. Its not a DSLR, so the sensor size is probably not big enough to make this option feasible, but I feel safer asking than assuming. Considering ease and quality, should I be Googling megapixels vs DPI nonsense? If you can't already tell, I've combed my my favorite sources of knowledge (macrumors, lifehacker, dpreview, even digg), come up with very little, and now I'm asking for help. *A post I found in another forum listed installing Linux on a spare machine among his steps for completing this task. I'm a Linux virgin, but I've always wanted to experiment. Should I bother with this now? If so.... where do I start? Should I use a specific distribution? I know there are a handful of versions. *My family albums are not necessarily chronologically accurate. I suspect photos were collected in a shoebox and every few years, someone would grab a bunch and stick them in an album. Any organizational/indexing tips? Other than my mother standing over my shoulder the whole time trying to remember who was at specific party in 1972, I mean. Any advice is good advice! My Great Grandmother is not long for this world and I'd love to get this project done before she goes. Once everything is done, I'd like get a few books bound for the family. Thanks in advance!