webcams that are good for fedora and openwrt

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at
Sun Feb 24 17:03:11 UTC 2008

On Sat, 23 Feb 2008, D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:

> | From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at>
> |   i'd like to crawl out of my sick bed today and wander down to future
> | shop and pick up a webcam to putz around with.  obviously, i want one
> | that's well-supported on fedora, but i'd also like one that's
> | compatible with installing openwrt on my asus wl500-gp router
> I know little about webcams.  Over the years, I've tried a couple and
> the results were not very good on Linux.

i did, in fact, pick up a logitech quickcam communicate STX on sale at
the local future shop -- regular $80 on for $30.

> Two things to note about this camera:
> - lots of pixels
> - UVC

now here's where i'm still unclear -- i read about the "UVC"
compatibility but, for the webcam i picked up, all i needed was to
download the "gspca" source:

then build and load the module, and the "cheese" webcam utility worked
just fine.

> When I googled for Linux support for this camera, I came across this
> helpful article.
> It also lists other UVC webcams.
> I'm inferring that UVC is the way to go.  I presume that it isn't
> proprietary like so many other camera protocols.  It is slightly
> worrisome that the driver isn't yet a standard part of distros.

and i'm still unclear on this "UVC" thing, but i'm willing to do some
reading on gspca versus UVC and so on.


Robert P. J. Day
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