Earlier today I wrote about
my experience trying to get a Logitech Orbit AF webcam installed in Gentoo Linux.
About 2 hours later, I finally got Skype 2.0 beta to work (after figuring out a problem with QT), and upon loading it, configuring it, and finding someone with whom to test it (thanks, mindjuju), I finally got a webcam to act as a streaming video communications device!
I'm not quite sure why, but I think this is a pretty big step forward for Linux. I've been trying and failing at videoconferencing in a hetergenous network now for years.
And although Windows users have been able to videoconference quite easily, it has always eluded me as to how to do it in Linux.
So, if you want to use Linux, and
videoconference with your friends, just have them buy a compatible video device
, download Skype 2.0
, and away they'll go!
Below is a shot of the vdieoconferencing in action.