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MEPIS 8.5

The Linux kernel 2.6.32 has the gspca (Generic Software Package for Camera Adapters) driver, so new Linux distributions will have baked-in support for Webcams built around the very popular spca5x chip family (full list here). That means that in M8.5 many webcams should work out of the box that did not before. M8.5 also has uvc support built in, so many webcams will also work out of the box with the uvc driver.
Use the command "lsusb" in console to get the USB ID of your webcam.
OOTB? = Out of the box; "Y" means the webcam works right out of the box with no fiddling around.

MEPIS 8

The Linux kernel 2.6.27 adds the gspca (Generic Software Package for Camera Adapters) driver, so new Linux distributions will have baked-in support for Webcams built around the very popular spca5x chip family (full list here). That means that in M8 many webcams should work out of the box that did not before.
Use the command "lsusb" in console to get the USB ID of your webcam.
OOTB? = Out of the box; "Y" means the webcam works right out of the box with no fiddling around.

Webcams known to work with MEPIS 8.5
Brand Model Video Driver USB ID OOTB? Comments Date
Logitech Webcam Pro9000 uvc 046d:0809 Y 32-bit & 64-bit: High quality cam works with Skype, wxcam and guvcview 24 Mar 2010
Webcams known to work with MEPIS 8
Brand Model Video Driver USB ID OOTB? Comments Date
Ezonics EZ-368 gspca 093a:2468 N 64-bit: Works on skype if using 34-bit sid libvl4 and LD_PRELOAD (Search Forums for more info); doesn't work with Camorama,Camstream,Wxcam 27 Jun 2009
Ezonics EZ-307 gspca 04fc:0561 N 64-bit: Works on skype if using 34-bit sid libvl4 and LD_PRELOAD (Search Forums for more info); doesn't work with Camorama,Camstream,Wxcam 27 Jun 2009
Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 pwc 046d:08b2 Y 64-bit: Works on skype, wxcam, camorama, camstream; microphone works on skype (select it in the options) 24 Aug 2009
Sony EyeToy (Namtai) gspca (?) 054c:0155 Y 64 bit: Works with Wxcam 11 Sept 2009
DSE (NZ) Generic (Chicony) UVC 04f2:a138 Y 64 bit : works OOTB with Skype 11 Sept 2009
Logitech Quickcam Express Plus gspca-spca561 046d 092f N Works with wxcam and Skype using:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skype
and
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/wxcam
Logitech QuickCam 3000 Pro pwc 046d:08b0 N In kernel 13 Sept 2009
The Mobility Lab TalkCam gspca_sonixj 0c45:60ec Y Works fine with Kopete. Skype works the following command:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype
30 Jan 2010
BrandName Model VideoDriverName USB ID Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. DateOfEntry

MEPIS 7

If unsure about how to find out video driver and audio device, you can use a chat program such as Ekiga (look under Preferences) or Kopete (click Settings --> Configure --> Devices).

Webcams known to work with MEPIS 6.x and 7.x
Brand Model Video Driver OOTB? Audio Device OOTB? Comments Date
Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 V4L Y 0x46d:0x8b2 Y Just plug in 06/03/07
Logitech Quickcam Deluxe for Notebooks 046d:09c1 v4l/v4l2 Y (untested) Skype (2.0.0.68), Kopete (0.12.7) ok; ekiga (2.0.3) no. 18-Jun-2008
Logitech Quickcam Notebook Pro spca525a Y Unknown Unknown N/A 07/16/06
Philips VC740K VideoDriverName Y AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. 07/16/06
Logitech Quickcam plus VideoDriverName Y AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. 07/16/06
Logitech Quickcam Messenger gspcav1 N AudioMacAddress Y/N Driver from here 10/14/07
Labtec Webcam Pro VideoDriverName Y AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. 07/16/06
Veo Stingray V110000 ibmcam N AudioMacAddress Y/N Driver needs to be loaded to /etc/modules 07/16/06
MicroInnovations Unknown VideoDriverName Y AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. 07/16/06
IContact EZ-307 gspcav1 N AudioMacAddress Y/N Needs driver from here DateOfEntry
Logitech Quickcam IM spca5xx N 046d:092f Unknown May need to update driver here: select Debian, at the deb site download module-assistant and spca5xx source. Architecture All for both. 08/23/06
Logitech Quickcam Chat gspcav1 N 046d:092e Unknown Install the gspcav1 drivers pack (from http://mxhaard.free.fr/download.html, download for "kernel up from 2.6.11") using the gspca_build script provided 06/21/07
Logitech QuickCam Communicate STX gspca Y/N AudioMacAddress Y/N Just plug it in 09/05/07
Logitech Quickcam Fusion Linux UVC Y 046d:08ca Y Runs with luvcview 20070512-3 12/3/07
Acer Acer Crystal Webcam 7520 Linux UVC Y AudioMacAddress Y/N RUns with recent SVN version from http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/ 04/26/08
DSE / Generic XH5223 VLinux UVC N Unknown N Driver from SVN source at http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/ 21 Sep 08
BrandName Model VideoDriverName Y/N AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. DateOfEntry
BrandName Model VideoDriverName Y/N AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. DateOfEntry
BrandName Model VideoDriverName Y/N AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. DateOfEntry
BrandName Model VideoDriverName Y/N AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. DateOfEntry
BrandName Model VideoDriverName Y/N AudioMacAddress Y/N Comments, Instructions, etc. DateOfEntry

Links

Webcam Overview
http://mxhaard.free.fr/spca5xx.html - Gspca/Spca5xx webcam driver support table

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