usb mass storage on linux

I received a digital camera as a gift, and it came with software that only worked on Windows and Macs. It was a hassle to have to use a Windows machine just to transfer the pictures from the camera, but I didn’t know of a way to do it on Linux.

I tried using GPhoto but it doesn’t support the Olympus D-390, so that was a dead end.

I then turned to Google and found that someone else got it working on Linux by using the USB mass storage device support on Linux. His instructions were rather simple; add a line to /etc/fstab and mount it.

I was skeptical that it would be so easy, but had nothing to lose so I added the designated line to /etc/fstab, mounted it and voila, the directory had all the pictures on the camera. I fired up gThumb and had a better interface to view and manage the photos on Linux than when I used the software they included on Windows.

By the way, the reason I wanted to use the digital camera in the first place is the same reason I haven’t made any posts on my blog for the past several days.

I’m a father!

Update: Sorry about the double notification e-mails. I’m testing a new queuing method for the notification plugin and I saw errors in the mail log the first time I sent the notification. I thought the e-mails wouldn’t be sent so I resent them. Apparently the errors weren’t critical.


 (Post a comment) | Comments RSS feed
  1. Congratulations Dan!

    Comment by Sarah on October 31, 2004 @ 7:16 am
  2. Congratulations! I had thought of just making the comment “Congratulations” on some other random blog entry, knowing that you’d know what I meant, but didn’t want to put it out there if you weren’t planning to mention it yourself on the blog. I like the picture you linked to in your entry, of you holding Blake against you, and at home, right? You look pretty happy. And it’s hard to say that Blake looks happy, but I bet he is, and he has every reason to be, with his parents and life as good as they are. Good stuff. Congratulations again, little brother, I’m thrilled to be an uncle.

    Comment by DavidH on October 31, 2004 @ 1:51 pm
  3. Felicitaciones! That’s kind of weird to think about. Sounds like I’ve got some catching-up to do.

    Comment by Cameron on October 31, 2004 @ 7:11 pm
  4. Congratulations! That’s wonderful news! The baby’s gorgeous.

    Comment by Jan on October 31, 2004 @ 10:52 pm
  5. Sweet Dan! Cute baby! As a father, you’re in for some great experiences. Tell your wife congratulations too.

    Comment by Seth on November 1, 2004 @ 10:00 am
  6. By the way, I found today’s Calvin and Hobbes (I hope I set up that link right) particularly funny, considering your current events (don’t worry, fatherhood is better than Calvin’s dad indicates). :)

    Comment by Seth on November 1, 2004 @ 10:21 am
  7. Thanks for all the congratulations. I appreciate it.

    Comment by dan on November 1, 2004 @ 3:34 pm
  8. Congratulations… and “Blake” is a cool name. Nice choice.

    Comment by Kaycee on November 3, 2004 @ 12:49 am
  9. First of all, congratulations!

    Secondly; Although in very early (I still believe mock-up) stages, F-spot looks exactly like what Linux needs in the digital camera age. I really hope it becomes what is currently being stated.

    Right now, the only thing keeping me on Windows is my dependency on Photoshop and a program called BreezeBrowser. All camera/photo related.

    Comment by Chad on November 3, 2004 @ 5:58 pm

Comments are closed