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Linux.com: Strike A Pose: Digital Cameras and Linux

Nov 15, 2000, 09:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Ball)

"As a big gadget fan, I often get disappointed when I run across something that looks like fun but has no Linux support. When I researched into whether or not I could buy a digital camera to work with my Linux machines, I was told the dreaded words "Windows or Macintosh only". What I found after researching the situation more seriously, though, was that I'd have very few problems using Linux if I took the plunge and invested in a digital camera. I decided to talk to a few of the people who'd helped me along the way to this decision a little further and find out what the facts really are."

"Nathan Poznick lives in Arkansas. He's had his Kodak DC-200+ camera for almost a year and a half, and had no hesitations in telling me that making his camera work under Linux was an easy task. Nathan connects via the serial port on the back of his camera to his Debian GNU/Linux install. From there, he uses the popular program gPhoto to download his images, and then to delete them from the camera afterwards."

"I spoke to Nathan about the simplicity of using his camera in Linux, rather than in Windows; something we were sure camera buyers would be worried about. He removed my worries, for the second time. Nathan first started using his camera in Linux by using the apt-get function of Debian GNU/Linux to install gPhoto- apt-get is a function of a Debian system that finds a program without you needing to know where to download it from- and then installs and configures the program. Once that was done, Nathan set gPhoto to read his COM1 port (ttyS0) and his Kodak camera. Now anytime he wants to download his shots, he just has to run gPhoto, and the camera starts sending the pictures across the link."

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