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Gear To Go Digital Still Camera works with Ubuntu (!)

Posted 09-18-2012 at 10:55 AM by flshope

A decade or more ago, I bought a little digital camera at Walmart for $20, a Sakar Gear To Go Digital Still Camera. To see the pictures you had to run some sort of proprietary software, apparently on a Windows computer. I could never get it to work, and my old Windows 95 machine didn't even have a USB port. Even my first linux computers couldn't do anything with it. The OS didn't even recognize it as a USB device. But yesterday, fresh from a successful OS upgrade, and on a whim, I plugged it into my Ubuntu machine. Surprise (to me)! Ubuntu has sofware that recognized the device and displayed its picture files (Gnome image viewer). The files are ".ppm" files (portable pixel map, according to Ubuntu Properties). The pictures aren't the greatest quality and nothing approaching a modern SLR -- as well they had better NOT be given the price differential. But the pictures are OK and the camera is much smaller than anything else I have seen, except in spy movies.
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