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Configuring Your Webcam to Work Under Linux

Sep 07, 2007, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"If you want the old-time GNU/Linux experience, try configuring a Web camera. Unlike most peripherals, webcams are generally not configured during installation. Moreover, where printers have the Common Unix Printing System (CUPS) and its interfaces, with webcams you are generally thrown back on whatever resources you can find on the Internet and your own knowledge of kernel modules and drivers. These obstacles means that configuring webcams can be a challenge--but with determination and thoroughness, and maybe a little luck, you can get your webcam running in less than an afternoon.

"The best scenario for configuring a webcam is when you buy an external one. Numerous sites exist for different manufacturers and models, and a Web search can often tell you whether GNU/Linux supports a given webcam..."

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