Using the Kodak C300 Digital Camera on Ubuntu Linux

I take the pictures you see from time to time on this blog using a Kodak C300 Silver 3.2 MP Digital Camera that I bought from Newegg in February, 2006. I just wanted a cheap, simple digital camera. It cost about $90 and I’ve been quite pleased with it.

I decided today to see if it worked with Ubuntu. So I took a few pictures and plugged the camera’s USB cable into one of my Ubuntu 7.04 machines and then turned the camera on, just as I have done with Windows XP.

What happened?

  • Ubuntu instantly recognized that I had attached a camera and even knew the camera type and name.
  • Ubuntu then started a simple dialog to let me download the pictures from the camera.

That was it. No muss, no fuss.

Moreover, I found the Ubuntu viewer better than the Microsoft XP viewer. It has the same features — thumbnails, individual views, a slide show, and so on — but in general seems much friendlier as it goes about its business.

I was especially pleased that there was only *one* photo viewer in Ubuntu, or at least a default viewer. Whenever I use my wife’s Windows laptop, which has both the standard Microsoft viewer and one of the Adobe photoshop thingies, to upload pictures I have to suffer while Microsoft and Adobe fight it out to see who gets to take over managing the pictures, as they know the winner will have a better shot at taking some money out of my pocket.

It is just *so* refreshing to not have this kind of commercial clutter when you use Ubuntu.

Way to go, Ubuntu. Pretty as a picture!


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