Man writes Linux drivers for 235 Webcams

The inquirer has released an interesting article about a “lone hobbyist” by the name of Michel, has made drivers for 235 webcams that use a particular chipset. It all started when he purchased the cheapest “Made in China” webcam he could find, but then switched to Linux since the drivers for Windows 2000 had a memory leak.

This lead him to develop drivers for his webcam himself, with the help of a couple of people he mentioned, and then to the development of many more drivers that used the same chipset. I really don’t know why Linux distro companies aren’t sponsoring this man. If a Messaging Client like Pidgin suddenly gained video-streaming support this man would be considered a Linux hero, although, in my opinion, he already is.

If you use Linux, and would like to stream video into it, you can visit his project’s website to see if your webcam is supported by his package.

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