increasingly, cameras "work" when you plug them in; you have used a USB connection, and plugged directly into the computer? (A USB hub can interfere with camera recognition: I had that problem with my Panasonic;) For my Panasonic, I went into the menu, and set the connection in the camera to be PTP and that allowed the computer to spot it; (and you selected the switch on the camera for computer download, rather than take photo?) With our recently installed Mint system, the computer recognised the Panasonic; opened the camera up as a memory device, and also asked which programme we wished to use: I selected F-Spot;
if still no joy, with your camera plugged in and turned on; type
and post the results back to the forum:
I haven't done a google search on your camera: I am taking the assumption that most digital cameras will eventually work; you could google search on "linux configure Kodak Z1012 IS" and see what you get ..........
Is Mint 7 not a development release?