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Re: Getting Skype webcam working

Subject: Re: Getting Skype webcam working
From: Bart Silverstrim
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2008 15:16:07 -0500
Karl Larsen wrote:
> Colin Brace wrote:
>> On Feb 7, 2008 4:53 PM, Karl Larsen <[email protected]> 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:
>> <http://mxhaard.free.fr/>
>> However I strongly recommend searching the ubuntuforums to find out
>> exactly which models people have had sucess with:
>> <http://ubuntuforums.org/search.php?query=webcam>
>> For my part, I am pleased with the Creative Live! Optia:
>> <http://nl.europe.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=218&subcategory=219&product=15985>
>> 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.

I think mine ran about $40 off Amazon or Newegg.

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