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[openFATE 305112] Add webcam configuration module for yast
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  • Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 02:41:22 +0100 (CET)
  • Message-id: <feature-305112-34@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Feature changed by: Barry Nichols (Barry_Nichols)
Feature #305112, revision 34
Title: Add webcam configuration module for yast

openSUSE-11.1: Rejected by Stephan Kulow (coolo)
reject date: 2008-07-29 10:34:17
reject reason: we do no people left for this. But yast is open source
Requester: Desirable

openSUSE-11.2: Rejected by Stephan Kulow (coolo)
reject date: 2009-08-12 10:57:38
reject reason: no volunteer
Requester: Desirable
Projectmanager: Desirable

openSUSE-11.3: Evaluation
Requester: Desirable
Projectmanager: Desirable

Requested by: Michael Löffler (michl19)
Partner organization:

Webcam is configured automatically. But for users having trouble with
configuration a webcam configuration module would be useful. See also
bug #359729

- USB Webcam in Yast (novell/bugzilla/id: 359729)

Business case (Partner benefit): Users in trouble with webcam configuration need a webcam
configuration possibility in YaST. As the usage of webcams is rising,
eg. through instant messanger this feature request adresses more and
more users

#1: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2008-11-18 16:33:45)
indeed, may be usefull to suggest the correct driver and/or the viewer
to use... example uvcvideo webcam works with luvcview but not with
camorama or wxcam and so on

#2: Stephan Kulow (coolo) (2009-02-09 15:24:22) (reply to #1) has several resources on how to write yast modules. If
you have concrete ideas what to do, go ahead. The yast team will openly
welcome you to help.

#3: T. J. Brumfield (enderandrew) (2009-06-13 02:26:22)
I think what might help significantly is simply taking the lsusb
vendor/device string, and then comparing that to a list automatically,
and either loading the correct module, or letting the user know that
they need to install a different kernel/package for that module.

#4: Drew Kwashnak (dragonbite) (2009-07-02 19:31:16)
In addition to configuring, if able to view the webcam in the
configuration module. Otherwise Kopete and Cheese are the easiest ways
to see if the webcam is working and brings int the possibility of a bug
with that application and the webcam interfering.

#8: Daniel FAIVRE (geomaticien) (2009-10-24 07:14:16) (reply to #4)
I fully agree with Drew and share the idea that we should have a YaST
module with preview instead of the need of luvcview, kopete, or
something else just to verify how well the webcam is working or even
how dark the room is ! ;-)

#5: Stephan Kulow (coolo) (2009-08-12 10:57:26)
42 people voted for this feature, but noone even made a UI?

#6: Holger Dyroff (escubar) (2009-08-27 18:11:31) (reply to #5)
May it be that the webcams are so nicely recognized automatically in
the newest openSUSE version that this YaST Module is not anymore
needed? I was thinking to volunteer, but after reading the bug ID above
I know have the impression it might be a useless exercise?! Please let
me know your ideas ...

#7: Dean Hilkewich (deanjo13) (2009-08-27 19:16:21) (reply to #6)
I have a bunch of non uvc webcams that disagree with "webcams are so
nicely recognized automatically in the newest openSUSE".

#9: andrea florio (anubisg1) (2009-10-24 19:49:09) (reply to #5)
the problem here is that not everybody are developers.. (like me, i
cannot write code)

#10: Lee Matheson (oldcpu) (2009-12-05 13:10:44)
Typically under openSUSE when I plug in a webcam after a new openSUSE
install, I end up running a number of different webcam apps to see if
the webcam works (amsn, cheese ... ) under any ? ...  and then if it
does not I end up installing various packages (v4l, packman packaged
gstreamer) and playing with gstreamer-properties (from gnome-media),
and rebuilding apps no longer packaged (such as camorama) with
"rpmbuild --rebuild app.src.rpm" in the hope that evenually I find one
that shows the web cam functions.
A centralized application under YaST makes a lot of sence although it
may take some work reliably, given the half dozen or so different web
cam drivers (where uvc and gscpav are the more common).
Unfotunately, I too am a user with no programming skills.

+ #11: Barry Nichols (barry_nichols) (2009-12-07 02:40:41)
+ That sounds like a great idea, especially as getting webcams to work is
+ still a huge problem in Linux.

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