Logitech ignors Linux usersTuesday, January 2, 2007 at 20:24 | Posted in linux, webcam | 8 Comments
I bought a Logitech QuickCam Connect today. It was supposed to solve many problems with one strike. I wanted to replace my ear bug microphone, use it as a still image camera and experiment with video a bit. I hope it will do all of this one of these days but first it has to learn how to run under Linux.
Logitech are advertising the easy plug in install. Indeed there is a CD with the camera and I was instructed to install the software and then plug in the device. That is all fine but it only works with Windows and Mac.
I had a hunch before buying the camera that there might be a problem with running it in Linux. There are lot of people with the same problem allover the web discussing different solutions in forums of all sorts. Some of them have managed to get the damned thing working with suggestions in those forums but others have failed.
Many people all over the World are working to establish Linux drivers for Logitech cameras. There is so much discussion about the Logitech problem in the web that it can possibly not have escaped the attention of Logitech themselves. And how are they reacting? By doing nothing.
Logitech are promptly ingoring Linux users. Maybe the Penguin money is not good enough for them. That attitude is bound to backfire as Linux spreads but the Logitech management do not seem to care.
Having read a quanzillion pages about downloading drivers and installing Logitech QuickCam Connect to Linux the last few hours, I have not found a solution which would work in my box. And on top of all, the Ubuntu forums just went off line for a data base maintenance break. That was the last drop, I am giving up for tonight.
There is beer in the fridge and I may even want to have some stronger stuff than that. The positive note is that as long as I keep working to solve the problem, my desk is going to look even more chaotic than usually which will eventually produce a chaotic image to be posted in the desk meme which was delivered to me the other day.