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Linux Compatible: Logitech E1000 USB Webcam - on the shelves now!

I was at Walmart yesterday - cruising the technology aisle, as I do often. I always make it a point to checkout different retailers to see what, if any, GNU/Linux compatible products they have for sale. This time I was looking through the USB webcams for one that said "GNU/Linux" under the system requirements.

So I didn't find any boxes marked "Works with Linux", but then I saw this webcam (the Logitech E1000) for only $16.88. So then I though to myself, I could buy this webcam, take it home and test it with GNU/Linux, and if it doesn't work, I'll just bring it back and exchange it for another one to try until I find one that works. This is the beauty of shopping at Walmart, lol, they guarantee your satisfaction - even if it means you will swap out one product for another a few times.

Well so I bought the Logitech E1000 USB webcam, I took it home, plugged it in to my Dell Inspiron 530n running Ubuntu 8.10, installed cheese (sudo apt-get install cheese), a…

Here's my example of a "Works with Linux" USB Webcam - Creative VF-0500

One such example of a USB webcam that works with GNU/Linux is the Creative VF-0500

I tested this device on Ubuntu 8.10 GNU/Linux, - (2.6.27-11-generic)

lsusb | grep Creative output:
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 041e:4036 Creative Technology, Ltd Webcam Live!/Live! Pro

Here are the programs that worked for me:

Skype - must use this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ skype

Cheese 2.24.2 (simple webcam program)

ekiga 2.0.12 (VOIP client)

Camera Monitor 0.2 (Simple Program to Show if the Webcam is on)

gqcam 0.9.1 - I used this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ gqcam -v /dev/video0

camorama 0.19 - I used this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/ camorama

Here's a site that offers a USB Webcam that "Works with Linux" (unverified by me):

Also checkout the links below f…