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Lone Programmer Writes 352 Webcam Drivers For Linux

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the twelve-cases-of-ballz-later dept.

Software 450

mrneutron2004 writes "A French physician and ardent Linux supporter is the one man you can all thank for adding support for 352 webcams in Linux. The Open Source OS world may still be a bit of a mess when competing with the ease of Windows, but efforts like this make you wonder. One man with drive, tenacity, and no funding does what no one else can do. And none of the major Linux distributions back this guy's efforts, even the big players dipping into the corporate world's coffers."

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Hey Scuttlemonkey (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933357)

What kind of a geek misspells Bawls? And an editor at Slashdot no less. For SHAME!

348 manufactured by same Chinese sweatshop DUH (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933431)


348 manufactured by same Chinese sweatshop DUH

Re:Hey Scuttlemonkey (2, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933617)

Maybe he wasn't referring to the tasty energy drink... /. editors are pretty weird.

First frenchman in history (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933753)

To not give up.

I, for one, : +2, Patriotic (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933767)


Welcome our French Linux contributors.

I also want to extend my appreciation to France for helping to spread democracy and freedom to the former United States of America,
now called, the United Gulags of America thanks to the Chairman, The Military-Industrial-CONGRESSIONAL Complex [whitehouse.org] .

Patriotically as always,
Kilgore Trout, C.E.O.

WOW!!!! (4, Insightful)

axia777 (1060818) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933363)

I am stunned. That is a lot of code to write. That guy is a machine. Props to him 100%.

Re:WOW!!!! (5, Funny)

errxn (108621) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933797)

Anybody else glad that they are not one of this guy's patients?

Amazing (5, Funny)

SirJorgelOfBorgel (897488) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933367)

An amazing feat, this man should be recognized. Linux will never be on the desktop if your teenage daughter cant videochat with predators 2000 miles away! I for one welcome this new voyeur overlord.

Re:Amazing (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933651)

> "One man with drive, tenacity, and no funding does what no one else can do."

s/can/wants to/g

There. Fixed that for you. :)

Re:Amazing (2, Funny)

Forge (2456) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933883)

Hello. Excuse me,

SlashDot mods. Pleas mod this "plus 3, disturbing"

Summary Title (5, Funny)

jeffy210 (214759) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933371)

And even the summary title wants to short him for 99 cameras to his credit!

Re:Summary Title (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933513)

It gets worse...

Slashdot Title? 253
Article text/Slashdot summary? 352
Article photo caption? 235

For once (5, Funny)

einhverfr (238914) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933685)

one can argue that this was not entirely the fault of Slashdot editors. Maybe the real number was 532?

Re:Summary Title (3, Funny)

Meadowhog (1094993) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933689)

Slashdot uncertainty principle: If you know the speed with which he programmed the drivers, it's impossible to know just how many he wrote. Or something like that.. I'm sure I learned this in physics.
--
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Re:Summary Title (1)

sarahbau (692647) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933695)

Looks like someone just knew the numbers, and not the order. He also wrote 325, 523, and 532 USB WebCam drivers for Linux.

Re:Summary Title (1)

master0ne (655374) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933633)

there is some confussion in the article, as both the slashdot story and actual artical title state 352, however in the actual artical and the slashdot title it states 253, it would seem 253 is the correct number, and someone cought a touch of dyslexia and the /. editors didnt catch it....

Re:Summary Title (5, Funny)

Reverend528 (585549) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933743)

He wrote those 99 drivers in the time it took for the article to be posted.

Dear Michel Xhaard (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933375)

Thank you

In other news... (-1, Troll)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933379)

He still has yet to find a girlfriend!

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

IdleTime (561841) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933635)

Maybe, but according to the article, he has had sex at least two times more than you have.

Let the market speaks (2, Insightful)

biocute (936687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933383)

Seriously, I'm more interested in the following incident:

The Win2K drivers for the "DigiGR8" 301P had apparently a memory leak under Win2k, forcing me to reboot the win2k box on a daily basis. Basically it just stopped working after a dozen hours of continuous use, and rebooting was the only solution.

I then concluded I had enough with Win2K and decided to install my Linux...


So a bad driver caused him to give up on W2K, then he proceeds to spend endless hours of creating drivers for those crappy webcams?

Wouldn't it be better that an ill-supported webcam gets abandoned by the consumers, thus giving the market better-supported webcams as manufacturers are forced to lift up their games?

Would you buy a (oh no not again) cheap car with an oil leak, knowing that there's a free and simple way of fixing it? Or would you demand the car manufacturer to get its act together and fix the leak before its cars get out of the factory?

Re:Let the market speaks (2, Insightful)

k1e0x (1040314) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933471)

Would you buy a (oh no not again) cheap car with an oil leak, knowing that there's a free and simple way of fixing it? Or would you demand the car manufacturer to get its act together and fix the leak before its cars get out of the factory?
Heh.. Depends on the price. ;-) is the car free?

Re:Let the market speaks (5, Insightful)

cowscows (103644) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933475)

Some people enjoy the challenge and the work involved in maintaining and/or improving things that they own, whether that's a car or a computer. This guy could've thrown his webcam away and then gotten another, but instead he installed an OS where he could freely see and tinker with all the guts, and make the hardware he had already spent money on work.

Apparently he really enjoyed the project, because he went and did basically the same thing a few hundred times more. Good for him.

Re:Let the market speaks (1)

ncohafmuta (577957) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933481)


Your analogy is a tiny little bit flawed, based on my perspective. I think the purpose of the drivers is more for people that already bought the webcam, not for future people that are going to buy a webcam. And unless you do your research, a consumer wouldn't know that the win2k driver was buggy until they bought it.
He's not advocating the purchase of said cheap webcams (with buggy drivers) by developing these drivers.

-Tony

Re:Let the market speaks (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933485)

> So a bad driver caused him to give up on W2K, then he proceeds to
> spend endless hours of creating drivers for those crappy webcams?

No, that guy you quoted is the article writer not the driver writer.

Re:Let the market speaks (1, Informative)

bert.cl (787057) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933499)

Actually,

If I've read this correctly, it's the author of the article that bought the webcam to use it on W2K. The coder bought the cams for his daughters and noticed there wasn't any linux support, so he took the matter in his own hands.

Re:Let the market speaks (5, Insightful)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933515)

What if you got the camera without realising it?
What if its been sat in a drawer for years 'cos it worked "sometimes" and you didn't find a real use because of the stability?
What if it was second hand?
Some people cannot afford to waste money buying extra kit and won't look the gift horse in the mouth.

We have become such a wasteful generation.
If something doesn't quite work right, we throw it away.

Cameras are technically simple and most will work in a similar manner (theres only so many ways you can send the same data across a wire). My bet is this guy has created a core driver and is using variants on the devices, this allows all those useless cameras before to now be usable. There must be millions of similar working devices around the world.

Why bitch at him for helping?

People now won't have to suffer with crap 'cos they can be made to work well (apparently).
props to him.

Re:Let the market speaks (4, Informative)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933517)

No, you misunderstand. The person who gave up on W2K is the reporter, not the guy who created the drivers. The guy who wrote the drivers did it because he bought webcams for his daughters and they didn't have drivers.

As for you comment, it's not the camera that has the problem; it's the drivers, and that's what he fixed for Linux. In your analogy, it's more like buying a used car with a heavy discount because it has a dirty air filter. If you know that the car is perfectly fine with a new air filter, why not buy it? A famous man once said, "A dirty air filter does not a bad car make." (Okay, I admit it, it was me, just then, and I guess I'm not that famous.)

Re:Let the market speaks (4, Funny)

solafide (845228) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933611)

He has 352 daughters?

Re:Let the market speaks (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933831)

Hey, when this guy sets out to do something, be it write web cam drivers or start a family, he doesn't do it half-assed! We could all take a lesson from his dedication and, uh, perspiration.

Re:Let the market speaks (1)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933533)

Sparks just flew out of my badanalogometer. I'll get back to you when I've fixed it.

Re:Let the market speaks (2, Funny)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933599)

sorry your bad anal ogometer went off, try some lube next time

Re:Let the market speaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933625)

I don't like your car oil leak analogy because oil is too important for proper functioning of the car.

In this case the webcam was fine and just had crappy drivers. If you must use a car, maybe say the clock in the car only told GMT and you lived on the east coast of the USA. The clock being wrong doesn't affect the fuel efficiency, top speed, braking, etc. The car will mechanically run fine, you just have to subract 4 hours everytime you look at the clock (unless its day light saving time which just complicates the issue and increases demand for a fix even more).

So yes, If I was in the market for a car, and I found one that suited all my needs except the clock only told time in GMT, but there was a free (freedom and beer) fix, than YES, I would buy the car and apply the fix and live happilly ever after

Re:Let the market speaks (5, Insightful)

DaleGlass (1068434) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933659)

So how does the market know?

In Linux, this is possible. You actually have chances of getting somebody knowledgeable to tell you that the hardware itself sucks (there used to be comments about how much realtek hardware sucks somewhere in the kernel source), or that the driver isn't properly written. Linux also makes it easy to make it possible for people to tell you so: somebody can tell you to run "lspci -v" and "dmesg" and paste it into your mail, which is easy even if you have no clue what all that stuff is.

Windows on the other hand, gets more and more obscure with each passing day. Starting from XP it reboots instead of letting you see the BSOD, so without considerable effort you can't even find what went wrong. You go to make tea, come back, and the box mysteriosly rebooted meanwhile. Windows installations are also often infested with spyware, which makes it a lot harder to figure out what exactly is going wrong, as something going wrong in bizarre ways is depressingly common.

There's also that consumers are simply not informed. Most people don't spend time googling around to try to find out whether the webcam they're about to buy is any good. If they find reviews, often they will be by somebody who tried it for 15 minutes, which will miss any longer term issues. About the only way of a bad one getting abandoned by consumers is that it's such incredible crap that even people with no experience at all see it's horrible and return it.

Object oriented? (2, Interesting)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933745)

I wonder whether he used an object oriented approach? Many cameras share common functionality, whether it be chipset or processing method, so much of that functionality could be inherited and tweaked according to the camera at hand. Doing so makes the task of targeting so many cameras that much easier. This is not to take anything away from the work this guy did, just an observation from the side lines.

Re:Object oriented? (4, Informative)

DaleGlass (1068434) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933867)

See my other post, it's the same thing as with sound cards for instance. Linux doesn't have a driver specifically for the "Creative SB Live Value", it has a driver for the EMU10K1 chip the card is based on. This driver works for several models of the SB Live series, and perhaps even for non-Creative cards if some other company builds cards using the EMU10K1 chip.

Re:Let the market speaks (2, Insightful)

master0ne (655374) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933727)

yes, but the core market thats gonna make the difference to the webcam developers is the windows market, by developing linux drivers (and not fixing the windows ones) he hasnt really provided much value add to the companys, and at the same time done a huge service to linux, because now linux works "better" than windows does with the same hardware! this is a huge plus and shouldnt be seen as a bad thing. Also asto the analogy of the car, if i were looking at a $50,000 car that just had a leaking oil pan i knew i could fix for free or cheep, and they were willing to drop the price to say $15,000 for the vehicle, you bet your ass id buy it if i could..... (a good webcam costs around $50, these generic ones im gussing cost between $10-$20...) so yeah... dont complain, he enjoyed the work, released it to the world, did linux a huge favor, and didnt hurt anyone doing it... i see no problem with that...

Re:Let the market speaks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933771)

He could have run out and bought a new cam for $20, yea, but he decided to take the long route. His curiosity was peaked and it gave him an idea for a project. Some people like doing projects, and some people have hobbies. That's all.

Btw, I don't think your post is flamebait. Just more slashdot morons at work.

Re:Let the market speaks (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933803)

"So a bad driver caused him to give up on W2K, then he proceeds to spend endless hours of creating drivers for those crappy webcams?

Wouldn't it be better that an ill-supported webcam gets abandoned by the consumers, thus giving the market better-supported webcams as manufacturers are forced to lift up their games?"

The person that wrote the drivers isn't the one that dropped W2K. BTW I think W2K was the best version of Windows. W2K is as stable and secure as XP and uses fewer resources.

Some people like fixing things. More power too them. If he was on W2K he could have written a few Windows driver for the webcam but writing a Windows driver is a lot bigger pain the writing a Linux driver.

It would be best if people bought devices from companies that support Linux but how someone wants to spend their free time is their business. If they want to write free drivers for cheap webcams then all that anyone should say is "thank you".

Re:Let the market speaks (1)

normuser (1079315) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933905)

Would you buy a (oh no not again) cheap car with an oil leak, knowing that there's a free and simple way of fixing it?


Well, it depends on where the oil is cumming from and how much they want for the car.

253 or 352? (2, Informative)

DogDude (805747) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933387)

Either way it's a lot, but the Slashdot editors really suck.

Re:253 or 352? (4, Funny)

Frequency Domain (601421) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933451)

You know how Europeans always write their dates the reverse of the USA? This is like that, only different.

Re:253 or 352? (1)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933569)

Or it's square metres converted into hogsheads. Something like that.

Re:253 or 352? (1)

einhverfr (238914) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933751)

Or it's square metres converted into hogsheads. Something like that.

Converting "square metres into hogsheads" would be like converting square feet into litres. Or, for that matter, pounds into foot-pounds. Somewhere you are missing a dimension.

Re:253 or 352? (2, Funny)

kognate (322256) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933815)

No he's not. The "missing" dimension is just wrapped up very tightly into the two that you can see. See, M-Theory works!

Both numbers are right (0, Redundant)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933857)

He'd written 253 drivers when the article was started and wrote the other 99 drivers while the article was being written.

how many? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933389)

253 or 352?

Re:how many? (0, Redundant)

The One and Only (691315) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933411)

TFA says 352. Is this Dyslexia Day at Slashdot?

Re:how many? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933433)

Waht?

Re:how many? (4, Informative)

fudgefactor7 (581449) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933507)

Not Dyslexia, it's Dyscalculia when dealing with numbers.

Re:how many? (1)

snoyberg (787126) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933541)

TFA says 352. Is this Dyslexia Day at Slashdot?

The dyslexic, agnostic insomniac stayed up all night wondering if there really was a dog...

Re:how many? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933561)

TFA says 352. Is this Dyslexia Day at Slashdot?



The article says both 352 and 253.

Re:how many? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933627)

The article says both 352 and 253.

The article actually lists 352, 253 AND 235. Then again, I've always known that the Inquirer was run by a bunch of keyboard-mashing baboons. Not anything like what they have here at Slashdot, nosiree...

Dyslexia rears its ugly head (1)

aardwolf64 (160070) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933417)

The article says 352...

Re:Dyslexia rears its ugly head (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933469)

The article _also_ says 235. Who knows?

Re:Dyslexia rears its ugly head (1)

jonesy16 (595988) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933547)

Actually, the article TITLE says 352 but the text in the article mentions 253 a couple of times.

Re:how many? (1)

KretchFoop (91105) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933487)

The article is even self-contradictory on this: it has 352 in the header, 235 in the article (just above the screenshots of the tables), and 253+ in the interview.

Re:how many? (4, Funny)

treeves (963993) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933575)

Should have just said "300, give or take 50."

spca50x (1)

HomelessInLaJolla (1026842) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933401)

Congratulations to mxhaard! Good job bringing that project up, online, and keeping it alive for so many years. The drivers, spcaview, and spcatools have been excellent quality since I began using them in '99/'00.

10 words. (0, Flamebait)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933407)

No job or life, but lots of nude pic sharing.

how many? (1)

penp (1072374) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933415)

how many people are going to point out the error in the summary before it gets fixed? give me a break, typos happen all the time, people. if you RTFA, it says 352 webcams

Re:how many? (1)

penp (1072374) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933555)

...and now i notice that the article makes the same error later on. wtf?

Re:how many? (1)

ninjafirepants (1077233) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933587)

If you RTFA, it says 235, 352, and 253. How this article ever got published is beyond me. Apparently it's some number containing the digits 2, 3 and 5, so if you're a MS fanboi it's 235, and if you're a Linux fanboi it's 532. I would have thought someone bitching about RTFA would have RTFA themselves.

Ballz? (3, Funny)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933419)

from the twelve-cases-of-ballz-later department

Just don't ask how a physician gets twelve cases of balls... *crosses legs*

Re:Ballz? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933781)

from the twelve-cases-of-ballz-later department
Just don't ask how a physician gets twelve cases of balls... *crosses legs*
Just don't date his daughters.

Re:Ballz? (1)

MS-06FZ (832329) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933895)

Have you seen "Grindhouse" yet?

That should clear things up.

Mad props (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933421)

Mad props 733t d00d, or insert your favorite way to say, great job, thank you, and keep up the good work.

But not, apparently... (5, Insightful)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933423)

important enough for his name to get into a Slashdot summary. Oh well, at least he wasn't referred to as "the French Linux driver guy", like how Ramanujan was "the Indian math guy".

Re:But not, apparently... (4, Informative)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933615)

His name is Michel Xhaard.

Witness Protection Program (-1, Offtopic)

biocute (936687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933425)

Is that you, Saddam?

Numerical Misquote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933427)

Is it 253 or 352?

Re: Lone Programmer Writes 253 Webcam Drivers For (3, Funny)

snowleopard10101 (964540) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933445)

Wow that must be a lot of copy-pastes. His left arm little, middle and index fingers must be pretty fatigued by now.

One man vs A Corporation (4, Insightful)

rajinikanth (235707) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933447)

One man with drive, tenacity, and no funding does what no one else can do.

Should read:

One man with drive, tenacity, no funding, earning his livelihood elsewhere, and with no one to question whether he earned a dime doing this and with no shareholder expecting you to maximize your profits does what no one else can do. A corporation will start off asking "How many people will use webcams on linux and how much $$ can we make if we write drivers for them".

I hate this.. (5, Informative)

.Chndru (720709) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933453)

The man wrote 350+ drivers. How about some link love for him, slashdot? http://mxhaard.free.fr/spca5xx.html [mxhaard.free.fr]

Re:I hate this.. (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933551)

How about some link love for him, slashdot?
You do realise that around here, "link love" can mean "fucked webserver [wikipedia.org] "?

Donation Link?? (4, Interesting)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933697)

How about a link to his paypal account? Anyone?
I'd donate a few bucks.

so (1)

wwmedia (950346) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933463)

so is it 253 or 352??

A new low in editorial standards - not just on /. (1)

sloth jr (88200) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933511)

352 webcams, 253 webcams - which is correct? Impossible to find out with this article, since the referenced article refers to BOTH numbers, just as the summary article and headline on slashdot do! Sheesh.

Physicist, not physician ! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933527)

If you read his CV on his website, you'll notice that he is a physicist, not a physician.

The confusion stems from the interview, where he calls himself a physician:
physicist is called "physicien" (pronounced "physician) in French !

Stephane

Academic research and corporate research (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933537)

Take a look at the research fields, many scientists work in academics with publishing papers and getting a name for themselves is considered to be a great reward and the tenure and job security an important almost equal second reward. But there is no dearth of researchers working for profit making enterprises and they freely exchange ideas. The corporate world even funds research by the academics.

In software too there are lots of people contributing who see nothing more than a tiny credit notice buried deep in the binary or in the header comments as rewards enough. Many of these contributors are actually academic researchers. Almost in every office/cubicle you would see books like Numerical Recipes. Wish the open source contributors would be seen and respected as academic researchers. Like the academics, these developers work on projects they like and fiercely independent.

Corporations whose main core business is not really computers and technology would be wise to invest in creating independent institutions that can create standard compliant implementations.

352? (1)

b1ng0 (7449) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933565)

Is somebody dyslexic?

Re:352? (1)

stam66 (633108) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933917)

Is somebody dyslexic?
Well, Dyslexics have more fnu, as they say...

Not 352 seperate drivers (5, Informative)

rminsk (831757) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933583)

The programmer did not write 352 seperate drivers for web cams, he wrote drivers for 8 different camera bridge chips and different versions of those chipss.

Re:Not 352 seperate drivers (4, Insightful)

Bastard of Subhumani (827601) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933641)

I don't know about you, but in that case he beats me by at least 8 bridge chips and numerous versions thereof ...

Re:Not 352 seperate drivers (5, Insightful)

ewhac (5844) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933715)

Having written my share of device drivers, that's still an accomplishment worthy of note, especially if the documentation was thin or (unjustifiably, all-too often) non-existent.

Schwab

Re:Not 352 seperate drivers (1)

644bd346996 (1012333) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933861)

I figured as much. This article is kinda like saying linux has 500+ tv tuner drivers, when basically everything is covered by the bt848/878 driver.

Damn.. (2, Funny)

Mockylock (1087585) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933591)

Too bad all the stupid chicks that show their tits, don't use linux.

Re:Damn.. (4, Funny)

matt me (850665) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933911)

Too bad all the stupid chicks that show their tits, don't use linux.
Too bad for you all the stupid chicks who use linux don't show their tits. :p

O'lala (1)

zakeria (1031430) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933623)

the French kiss!

not that big of deal... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933629)

for everyone goin on and on about "wow, thats so much code, so many drivers! what an incredible hacker!" -- its prolly not that much. a single driver supports over 250 cams, the dude even says so himself:

Starting with the Sunplus chipset support, I realised that most code in the core driver could be "shareable" to support several webcam chipset(s). That is why the "GSPCA" drivers now support over 250 webcams from different chipset vendors.
looks like a single driver that supports over 250 devices, not 250 drivers.

Behind every great inventor (3, Funny)

Demona (7994) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933631)

So where is the heroic bureaucrat who can get this hellhole running so efficiently, that all the labour can be done by a single Australian man?

whew! (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933675)

thats a lot of webcams,he was probably as busy as a one-armed paper hanger for a long time. i bet horny teenage boys around the world appreciate this, personally i have no use for a webcam...

by the gods he's ugly. (1)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933711)

No disrespect but in my opinion if this man got a haircut, he'd look exactly like Edward James Olmos on Battlestar Galactica. *shudders*

Re:352 vs 253 (1)

Hercules Peanut (540188) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933721)

and in other news, dyslexia runs rampant on dotslash...flim and elven.

Capture Peripherals Are the Red-Headed (3, Interesting)

mpapet (761907) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933741)

step children in the computer world. Especially web cams.

Add to that the misery of attempting to hack to every proprietary firmware variation on every camera and hunting down someone who knows something about the camera firmware/driver and the misery is tripled. I know I owe this guy for my webcam working like magic.

In theory with SIP (VOIP) video conferencing is ready for the masses, but I still don't see web cams taking off as a kind of must-have accessory. You still don't see brands like HP jumping in and flushing logitech out of the business.

Anyone have any insight as to why that is?

The best one I ever saw was a USB product that was sold under the Kodak brand. I was shocked at how bad the integrated web cam in the mac laptop is.

Re:Capture Peripherals Are the Red-Headed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933871)

I was shocked at how bad the integrated web cam in the mac laptop is

You were shocked a webcam on a chip no bigger than a quarter inch square was bad? Did you think Apple had magic powers? The Steve Jobs reality distortion field extended to each and every laptop? Are you surprised the camera on your cell phone doesn't take pictures as well as a $400 dedicated device?

How many webcams is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933759)

I counted 3 different permutations of the numbers [2,3,5] used in the article. Does anyone know which it is? An astounding feat, no matter which it is, of course.

"One man writes Linux drivers for 352 webcams"

"A LONE HOBBYIST programmer sitting at his home in France is responsible for adding 352 USB webcams to the list of those supported by Linux."

"All 235 low-cost webcams supported in Linux thanks to... this man"

"The surprise was more shocking when I realized that drivers for 235 webcams -at the time of this writing- are the work of a single unknown hero who works from his home in France"

"So how did the ice ball grow to reach today's 253+ webcams supported with several different chipsets?"

Motivation (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18933789)

OK, so this gentleman didn't get money for his efforts. He wasn't hired by some major Linux distributer to write the drivers. I think he did it simply because a lot of supported webcams increased the likelihood that he could see someone naked and performing in front of a webcam.

Incorrect title (1, Redundant)

DaleGlass (1068434) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933817)

This guy wrote drivers that support 253 webcams, not 253 drivers.

Linux isn't Windows. In Windows, a Creative webcam would appear in the device manager as a "Creative Webcam". In Linux, a driver supports the chip the camera uses, not the specific camera itself. Logitech or Creative usually won't be making the whole camera from scratch. Instead, they purchase the electronics from some chinese company, then build their own body around it, and write some software to support it.

In the screenshots it can be easily seen that "Trust", "Canon" and "Logitech" webcams are all supported by the same driver.

who writes this bs? (0, Troll)

nanosquid (1074949) | more than 7 years ago | (#18933849)

The Open Source OS world may still be a bit of a mess when competing with the ease of Windows,

You must be kidding. The only thing that's "easier" about Windows is the fact that it's preinstalled; other than that, it's the most messy and tedious desktop OS among the four major ones (Windows, Mac, Linux/Gnome, and Linux/KDE).
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