Tuesday, 18 December 2007

USB and Gentoo Linux

I can't believe how good Gentoo Linux (and this would probably apply to many other distributions as well) is with USB devices. I remember in the past where connecting to Windows required different drivers. With Gentoo (and I'm currently using the 2.6.23-gentoo-r3 kernel), I've been able to just plug devices into my machine, and they get mounted to the file system as USB mass storage devices. In summary I can confirm I can connect to the following:
  • Sony DSC-V3 (see older posts in this blog for this)
  • Olympus mju 795 SW
  • Nokia 6300
  • Sony PSP
  • Various USB thumb drives ranging from 256MB to 2GB
Everything just works - nothing to do on the operating system side. The only thing a user may need to do is to switch the device into USB mode.

Secondly, I can also confirm that with CUPS, the HP 8230 works with the hp drivers. Full colour printing, and it can also be used as a device to mount photo storage devices (eg. Compact Flash, Sony Memory Stick, etc...). The printer also attaches to my Gentoo machine via a USB cable. Just make sure when you're configuring the kernel (if it is not already compiled for you), to enable:


Feel free to get in touch with me if you've got any queries.

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