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Monday, June 20, 2005
 
Solaris 10: USB Digital Camera HOWTO

The following instructions are very "generic", and applicable to all makes/models of digital cameras. Sony DSC-V1 camera was used to show all the examples.

Since the vendor supplied Windows driver cannot be installed on Solaris, it needs some effort to make the digital camera work on Solaris 10. The steps are as follows:
Note that this is a one time only effort, and these steps need not be repeated everytime the digital camera has been plugged in to the system.

References and suggested reading:
  1. Solaris USB FAQ
  2. Dan Price's blog post - gtkam & USB on Solaris 10
  3. Ben Rockwood's blog post - Canon Rebel XT on OpenSolaris
  4. White Paper: Using the USB Generic Driver (Ugen) to Access USB Peripherals on Solaris Systems
Related blog entry:
JDS Linux & Sony DSC-V1/W1 Digital Camera

Thanks to fritS of Sun Microsystems, for his notes on using gphoto2 and gtkam with your digital camera

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Comments:
If you are using latest Solaris Express or Solaris 10 Update 2 and above releases, the manual add_drv or update_drv ugen procedure is no longer necessary. The default usb_mid driver will export ugen interfaces for the device and libusb should just work. Please refer to USB FAQ page at: http://www.sun.com/io_technologies/usb/USB-Faq.html . It will be updated with the new features that get in Solaris.
 
Is there any danger to the camera doing this?
 
Stevo: {As far as I know} There is no danger to the camera in doing so.

By the way those instructions are obsolete now, as the support for digital cameras improved a lot in the recent releases of Solaris. If you have the latest SXDE or any recent Solaris Express edition, you can simply plug-in the camera; and it is very likely that the OS may recognize the device right away.
 
Valuable resource of digital camera news summaries: http://ng2000.com/ng2000bb/YaBB.pl?num=1221533250
 
Thanks, really helpful.
 
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