Monday, March 23, 2009

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), and guess what? The camera works like a champ!

The lsusb command output for this particular webcam is:
ID 046d:08af Logitech, Inc. QuickCam Easy/Cool

The uname -r command output from my Dell Inspiron 530n with Ubuntu 8.10:
2.6.27-11-generic














Here are some webcam enabled programs that worked for me with this USB webcam.

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 using this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so gqcam -v /dev/video0

camorama 0.19 using this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so camorama

aMSN 0.97.2 (07/25/2008)

Kopete version 0.60.4 using this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so kopete

Skype 2.0.0.72 using this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
per http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-997807.html

Here's a sample pic from the webcam:















Also checkout the links below for more information on getting your USB Webcam up and running in Linux:
http://www.linux.com/base/ldp/howto/Webcam-HOWTO/framegrabbers.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6910868

And for the Logitech webcam users that are looking for some GNU/Linux love:
http://forums.logitech.com/logitech/board/message?board.id=quickcam_software&thread.id=52709
http://www.quickcamteam.net

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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 2.0.0.72 - must use this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
per http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-997807.html

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/v4l1compat.so gqcam -v /dev/video0

camorama 0.19 - I used this command to make it work:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so camorama

Here's a site that offers a USB Webcam that "Works with Linux" (unverified by me):
http://www.keenzo.com/showproduct.asp?M=LOGITECH&ID=3278315&ref=GB

Also checkout the links below for more information on getting your USB Webcam up and running in Linux:
http://www.linux.com/base/ldp/howto/Webcam-HOWTO/framegrabbers.html
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Webcam

And for the Logitech webcam users that are looking for some GNU/Linux love:
http://forums.logitech.com/logitech/board/message?board.id=quickcam_software&thread.id=52709
http://www.quickcamteam.net