[GLLUG] Webcam on Linux

Dave Lambley dave.lambley at gmail.com
Thu Jun 18 18:03:36 UTC 2020

On Thu, 18 Jun 2020 at 00:51, Andrew Black via GLLUG
<gllug at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:
> My laptop webcam has broken, and I dont have the energy to get it fixed under RTB warranty.
> Are there any gotchas about buying for linux (ubuntu 18.04).
> More specifically
> Quality - doesn't have to be much better than built in one. Not planning on recording publishable videos
> Mounting on tripod is important. On the monitor is at the wrong angle and too close.
> Not too bothered about microphone
> Human side. Initially I thought no webcam had advantages for zoom and the like but over the weeks I have found I get left out. "Put your hand up if you want to speak".
> I am pretty sure it is a hardware issue. I have tried a 20.04 live USB and that fails.
> Ps
> One site says Support multiple operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS, Android Smart TV, etc.
> I would like something a little more definitive than "etc".

I've had good results with the Microsoft branded ones. Some have a
tripod mount. They speak "USB UVC", and so don't require any
additional drivers on Ubuntu 18.04.

Hope that helps.


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