Working with Digital Cameras on Ubuntu Systems

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Prior to Ubuntu Hardy (8.04), Ubuntu systems used a shell script named gnome-volume-manager-gthumb to use the gthumb image viewer to import, organize, and display your photographs. In Ubuntu Hardy and later, this application and the associated script are still available, but the default application for importing, organizing, and displaying digital photographs is now F-Spot, an excellent application that is unfortunately written using the proprietary and odious .NET framework that is supported on Linux thanks to the MONO project (which is apparently not named after the disease, as I have always thought). If you want information about using gthumb, look for a PDF copy of the first edition of this book on—this section focuses on using F-Spot. Political and nerd considerations aside, it's really a great application.

If you're upgrading an older Ubuntu system or have simply stored your existing digital photos in another directory, you can import them into F-spot by using the photo menu's import command.

When you attach your digital camera to a USB port on your Ubuntu system and turn on the camera, your Ubuntu system displays the dialog shown in Figure 21-14, identifying the fact that a device containing digital photos has been detected and asking how you want to proceed.

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