Strangely, gthumb is no longer able to import photos from a CD or from Compact Flash. What's up with that?
Looks like it's this bug.
This is a pretty easy bug for me to work around so far, and I'm sure Ill run into more Karmic Kola issues. I'm working on a post on transcoding in Karmic - apparently ffmpeg is left unable to use h264 and aac due to potential patent issues.