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Yocto Linux is the only OS supported by Intel, so I think you will not receive much help in this forum, I think. Since you are using a port of Debian, you should ask for help to those promoting the OS distribution (such as the one in the blog you mentioned) or even the port author explicitly referred to in the blog post you sent the link in your post.
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Thank you for contacting us.
Usually, for image processing applications the OpenCV library is the one used among the community members, you can give it a try and let us know if you’re successful, however, keep in mind that as Fernando pointed out, the Yocto image is the only image we support. We will try to help you out and also suggest you to contact the author of the blog you posted above, he may have more experience using that image.
Anyhow, we researched online and found a few guides that describe how to read barcodes using OpenCV:
http://www.codepool.biz/opencv-python-webcam-barcode-reader.html : This guide shows how to recognize Barcode via Webcam in Python and preview and capture images with OpenCV.
http://www.pyimagesearch.com/2014/11/24/detecting-barcodes-images-python-opencv/ : This guide explains pretty much the same as the previous guide, but with a slightly different approach. You can use this as an alternative source of information.
http://milq.github.io/install-opencv-ubuntu-debian/ : This one is not related to barcodes, but has lots of valuable information on how to install OpenCV in Debian
These guides are not specific to the Galileo, but will help you gain insight on how you can move on with your project.
Additionally, if you would like to try with the OpenCV library and the Yocto image, you can download the image from here: https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/galileo/downloads . You can find a guide on how to install it here: https://software.intel.com/en-us/get-started-galileo-windows
I’m personally not familiar with the SimpleCV library, so I couldn’t say if it is supported only for Raspeberry Pi. I found a help forum on the SimpleCV website, so you might want to post your doubt there as well: http://help.simplecv.org/questions/. Other users might be able to provide a better response.
I hope you find this information useful.