It's not me who says its faster, but according to the developer Damon Lynch, it's 2.5x times faster than F-spot and 12x times faster than Shotwell! too. But remember, it's not a photo editor, only an organizer/importer.
*. Easily rename camera generated file names.
*. 27 Languages support.
*. Simultaneous downloads.
*. Not just RAW image formats such as ARW, CR2, CRW, DCR, DNG, MEF, MOS, MRW, NEF, ORF, PEF, RAF, RAW, RW2, etc but it even supports downloading video formats such as 3GP, AVI, M2T, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOD, and TOD as well.
*. Runs in both Gnome and KDE desktops.
*. Save files while downloading... etc.
So if you have installed Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal/10.10/10.0... then you can easily install Rapid Photo Downloader by issuing the below command in your Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dlynch3/ppaThat's it!.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rapid-photo-downloader