Getting Skype webcam working
k5di at zianet.com
Thu Feb 7 20:08:33 UTC 2008
Colin Brace wrote:
> On Feb 7, 2008 4:53 PM, Karl Larsen <k5di at zianet.com> 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.
OK and it appears that webcam use is new to Linux and with just a few
kernel drivers available you MUST buy a webcam that uses an available
driver. So I will try to get a new camera at a good cost. It is not that
I lack money, I have a lot. I have a lot because I have over my working
and retirement life saved as much as possible, which sometimes costs
more than the cheapest. It is confusing sometimes.
Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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