Saving the photos from my Nikon D60 onto my laptop running Ubuntu 8.04 was a bit problematic. F-spot worked initially but then it seemed a bit complicated and really I wanted to use picassa to manage my photos as it works so nicely.
Picassa wouldn't import the photos from the camera and just froze when trying to do so, I installed f-spot again but that was having difficulty connecting to the camera for some reason.
I finally came across the perfect tool for simply getting the photos off the camera so I could move them and edit them on the computer and manage using picassa.
gphoto2 is simple software for achieving just that. A few easy steps and you can grab all the photos you need easily from the command line and into the current folder you are in...
Some of the useful commands I used:
To find the camera that is connected.
To list all the photos on the camera.
To get all the files on the camera and import them to the current working directory. I used this one in conjunction with the -f folder option to specify which folder on the camera I wanted to import.
I'm now using the graphical interface to this tool: gtkam.