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Can someone tell me how to get started with USB digital cameras? ie, how do you open the pictures, what is the best program to view them? I have USB support in my slack 11 kernel. It is a Sony digital camera.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Various using VMWare
Assuming that your camera is like most, Linux will recognise it as a USB mass storage device.
Plug it in, and run the command "dmesg". You should see your camera recognised at the end of the output. Then run "mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /media", and your photos will be available in the directory /media.
You can view the photos in any program. Gimp is good for editing, Konqueror has a photo view with thumbnails on the left and the full size photo on the right.
Don't forget to "umount /media" before you unplug the camera.
You can also create a directory, say /media/camera, and add a line to /etc/fstab so that you can mount the camera simply by using "mount /media/camera"
Try digikam, which you can get on linuxpackages.net. Check the details, because there are a few other packages you will need to install to make it work (requires: sqlite3 >= 3.3.8 libgphoto2 >= 2.2.1 exiv2 >= 0.11 libkipi >= 0.1.4), all on linuxpackages.net. It will take care of detecting your camera and connecting to it, plus it has nice features to organize, tag, and search for pictures.
it is not listed and I cant mount the device, so I think I need to compile in generic scsi support. I thought I did, but I will re-check my .config. And I tried to install libgphoto2. It ran the configure script, but the 'make' failed, so I have to figure out why.
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