Gergely Nagy

Looking for a webcam

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I'm looking for a webcam that works under Linux (Debian, in particular, preferably without any non-free blobs), has a built-in microphone, and is mountable on my LCD screen.

I'm having a hard time finding such. The ones in the shops I usually buy from have models where when I search for linux driver, it turns up nothing. Which doesn't mean the camera doesn't work under Debian, but doesn't give me much confidence, either.

Mind you, we're hopefully in a much better situation than in ~2005, the last time I had to work with webcams (and ended up reverse engineering one and writing my own driver, something which I'd like to avoid this time)...

Douglas Perkins, Douglas Perkins, JanKusanagi shared this.

I am puzzled, my el cheapo camera from 5 below works well with Linux.

Luis at 2015-10-08T10:07:53Z

Now that I am on a real keyboard :).

I am surprised that you cannot find a camera driver for a given camera in 2015 Linux. Like I say, I have a cheap camera that I bought at 5 below and it got recognized by Linux and I have no problems.

I also have a 3COM, which works with some of the applications. In others, it does not (in Ekiga I get a green blob).

I am not sure if you are looking for a specific feature set or something. I would be surprised if this has not improved somehow in 10 years.

Luis at 2015-10-08T18:27:34Z