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Registered: 04-04-2007

Webcams

Does anyone have experience of running a webcam under Linux?
I would like to set up a webcam on my Linux server.
I am basically looking to take a snap shot every few minutes for display on my web site.

I have looked at USB based webcams but drivers seam to be an issue.
The Linux I am running is a fork from RedHat 7.2.

The other option I have looked at is network webcams, but I am put off by the expense.
D-link DCS-900 £100
Linksys WVC54G £150

The other concern I have is that the CMOS sensors used in webcams can be damaged by direct sun light, and I indent to cover an outside area that would be in direct sun for most of the day.

Any comments or suggestion would be most appreciated.

Chilly
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update to fedora core, and the usb cam should work, there is some free ASP / php code to make it take a pic every few mins that you can use if you want.

buz
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Registered: 04-04-2007

Webcams

Buz

Is there any brand of webcam that you have got working under Fedora Core?

Unfortunately updating to Fedora would not be practical, as I am using a custom distribution for running a web / workgroup server.

I also have an idea to use an old video camera with a capture card, this may give improved performance for my application.

Chilly
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yea i got my creative PC-Cam to work under fedora and gentoo and suse Smiley (go me) but i faild in FreeBSD and OpenBSD (no surprise really)

have you thought of maybe updating to a different distro though? i mean u are running quite an outdated version now, and the later kernals do have some major upgrades in, such as better USB support Smiley