Once I got the basic operating system working it was time to see if I could use this for the intended purpose, that is, dumping photos from my digital camera and previewing them. A minimum of poking around resulted in success.
The first hurdle was to get the file system on the camera mounted on DSL. This turned out to be quite easy. I just plugged in the camera and used the mount toool found on the toolbar to mount the camera as a directory under Linux. The mount tool is very easy to use. Just click the top button until the device that you want to mount appears in the caption, in this case USB. The click the lower button until the caption changes to mounted. You will find the camera’s file system in the /mnt/sda1 directory.
The next problem was to get the images copied from the camera to the local hard drive. This also turned out to be very easy. Just use the file manager tool. Browse to /mnt/sda1 on the right side, browse to the destination directory on the left side. Highlight the image files that you want to copy on the right side and click the Copy button. Then, if your laptop is USB 1.0, like mine, be prepared to wait. USB 1.0 is SSSLLLOOOWWW!!!.
Finally to view the images use the xzgv Image Viewer. To select the directory that you want to view, right click in the left panel and select Directory | Change. This will display a list of images in the left panel. Just double click the image that you want to start with and it will be displayed on the right panel. To size the image to fit the available space, right click the right panel and select Options | Zoom (fit to window). Then you can step through the images in the directory. Press Space to view the next image, B to view the previous image.
The only downside to this is this. The image viewer really chugs when trying to display 10 mega pixel images. I guess this is only to be expected when you are using a 233MHz machine with just 64MB RAM, but it should would be nice if it ran faster. At least it doesn’t crap on the large images like Win98 did.