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Digital Camera on Slackware

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I like my digicam quite a lot; its a Canon Powershot A630. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles possible, but it’s a nice little piece that takes decent photos. I’m also a distro hopper, and as such reinstall my operating system every once in a while to try something new. I find I keep going back to Slackware. It’s what I cut my teeth on, and it’s what I know best. Alas, Slackware doesn’t interface with my digicam without additional software.

The Powershot is one of many cameras that don’t appear as a USB Mass Storage device to the computer. This complicates things because you need a separate piece of software to communicate and download the photos. Luckily, it does use a rather standard protocol called PTP which is easily accessible using gphoto2.

If your distro doesn’t support PTP cameras out of the box, you’ll want to install this package.

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