Getting Skype webcam working

Colin Brace cb at
Thu Feb 7 17:29:57 UTC 2008

On Feb 7, 2008 4:53 PM, Karl Larsen <k5di at> wrote:

> Where can I find a list of supported webcams?

Karl, to the best of my knowledge, webcams are supported in basically
two different ways under Linux:

1) the GSPCA/SPCA5xxSPCA5 driver;

2) the Linux-uvcvideo driver.

I believe that both are now included in the Ubuntu 7.10 kernel. The
gspca driver is probably further developed; the uvcvideo is somewhat
more universal. In theory any webcam compatible with driverless USB
Video Class webcam standard should work under Linux. For a list of
webcams supported by gscpa, see the compatability charts here:


However I strongly recommend searching the ubuntuforums to find out
exactly which models people have had sucess with:


For my part, I am pleased with the Creative Live! Optia:


This webcam is supported by the uvcvideo driver.

  Colin Brace

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