Configuring Your Webcam to Work Under Linux

“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

“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…”