"The aim of this document is to help you have a working
webcam in just a few hours. This NHF involves re-compiling your
kernel. This isn't nearly as hard as it sounds. If you're kind of
uncomfortable with the idea yet, read either the Kernel Compiling
NHF or the Kernel-HOWTO. In my case I was forced to use the
2.2.17 backport, due to the fact that 2.4.0-test9 broke a lot of
USB serial stuff (I need *working* USB for my Handspring Visor to
sync via USB in Linux.) and at the time of this writing namesys
hadn't released a patch for ReiserFS for 2.4.0-test10. (I needed
that patch, since my entire file system is Reiser!) I will try to
be as non-version-specific as possible."
"OK, the first thing we need to do is get a nice, clean copy of
the linux kernel source. For most distributions, the source is
stored in the directory /usr/src/linux/. Usually "linux" is just a
symbolic link to a directory with a name like "linux-2.x.xx". ( the
"x"'s mean whatever minor revision number and patch level the
kernel is, as in 2.2.17) Delete this symlink with the command "rm
"At this point, you need to apply any patches you need or want.
Users who will be compiling 2.2.17 will need to apply the USB
backport patch. Users of 2.4.x can just skip ahead to the section
labeled "Configuring." It is a good rule of thumb to apply patches
in the order, from what you must have to what you'd kinda like to
have. (This comes into play later!)"
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