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Why is my webcam choppy in ubuntu?

Why is my webcam choppy in ubuntu?

I am running Ubuntu 9.04 on a dell Inspiron 1520. I recently installed this new Pidgin 2.6.1 that includes voice and video chat.

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Guest [Entry]

"Maybe this site will help http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/#devices
Also good luck getting webcams to work in Linux reliably, I’ve been getting mixed and unfavorable results"
Guest [Entry]

Only about 1 linux webcam driver in 7 is actually worth the harddrive space it takes up and only about 3 in 7 is supported at all. It's a common issue, webcam manufacturers almost never release drivers and for most open source driver developers, webcams aren't a priority.