Webcam support in Linux still is in a quite premature stage of development. Applications like GAIM
and other IM applications (except for aMSN
) still lack in any form of webcam support.
Recently I got a new Cisco webcam and I started the challenge of getting it to work on my openSUSE 10.1 system. After figuring out which driver
fits my Cisco VT II webcam
(Logitech OEM) I was finally able to get some things working.
It takes a shipload of packages and kernelmodules to add USB webcam support on a Linux system. These are the modules and applications that worked for me:
modules: modprobe v4l1_compat modprobe videodev modprobe v4l2_common uvcview.ko
applications: LUCview Camelot gqcam
Here's a good matrix on webcam/driver support on Linux: http://mxhaard.free.fr/spca5xx.html
The UVC driver for Logitech cams is available from:http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/