USB webcams and video conferencing on Solaris

OpenSolaris build 56 (released in January, 2007), USB video class
driver usbvc(7D) is integrated into Solaris. That is, if a user plug a
USB webcam that compliant to USB video class spec from usb.org, then
the webcam will plug and play on Solaris. More details see the "Heads-up".

In OpenSolaris build 63 (released in April, 2007), Ekiga video plugin
is also integrated. It is a video conferencing application, supporting
H323 and SIP protocol. Solaris users can enjoy video conference on
Solaris if they have a USB webcam and a audio speaker/microphone.

While I was developing usbvc driver, a JDS team was working on Ekiga
video plugin. There are a lot of cases need be tested for the driver
and Ekiga application. Ekiga is the first user of  the driver,
therefore, several problems are discovered when they run together. We
are lucky that we had a very good communication channel, so all the
bugs/issues were solved in a very efficient way. Before I integrate the
driver to Solaris source tree, Ekiga's video plugin can already work
very well on usbvc driver.

The most frequently asked question is, which webcams can be supported
by usbvc driver? Theoretically, all USB webcams that compliant to USB
video class spec can be supported. In practice, the following webcams
are tested, their video capture functions work well. Users are
encouraged to report problems if they have chances to use any other
webcams that compliant to the spec. The following list is last updated at Nov. 26, 2007. Please note that some devices have the same names but different IDs.


    Device Name                          Vendor ID, Product ID

Logitech Quickcam Pro 5000                046d,08c5
Logitech Quickcam Pro 5000                046d,08ce
Logitech Quickcam Fusion                  046d,08ca
Logitech Quickcam Orbit MP                046d,08cc
Logitech Quickcam Pro for Notebooks       046d,08cb
Logitech Quickcam Pro for Notebooks       046d,0991
Logitech Quickcam Ultra Vision            046d,08c9
Logitech Quickcam Deluxe for notebooks    046d,09c1
Logitech Quickcam Communicate Deluxe      046d,0992
Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000                046d,0990


The following ones are reported to work. Thanks people for reporting this. Last updated at Apr. 9, 2008


Logitech Quickcam Pro for Notebooks    046d,8c3
Logitech QuickCam Sphere AF               046d,994
HP         Deluxe DC-8872


Issues can be reported to driver-discuss@opensolaris.org or driver-usb@opensolaris.org

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