Twas the first day of Christmas 2009 and my true love gave to me... a Linux-ready USB WebCam!
First, YoLD = Year of the Linux Desktop. This proclamation has been ringing in my ears since 2004... for some of you, even earlier. I think, collectively, we've come to realize that its an evolution and not a revolution... hence my proclamation:
The YoLD is Dead (2009); Long Live the YoLD (2010)!
Much Thanks and Gratitude to the French for inventing the original. See Wikipedia for details here.
Back to my Christmas gift from my wife. She recalled my frustrations 2 years back in getting a brand-new USB WebCam to work with Linux (openSUSE, SLED, Ubuntu etc). She, a non-IT person, went shopping this Christmas and found a WebCam that explicitly supports Linux! Wow!
And it WORKED! No driver installation/compilation required, true plug and play. Worked with Kopete and also with Skype. It worked on openSUSE 11.2 and SLED 11. Pretty sure it will work on many of the current Linux distributions. The box did say Kernel 2.6.21 & above. Here are a few pictures of the box.
Yes, I'm helping to advertise for this vendor because they deserve my support for their explicit Linux support.
Finally, I credit this Blog entry to my wife. Thanks dear, you're the best!