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Re: F9 gst and v4l2 problem

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 5:28 AM, Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at> wrote:
> Fernando Apesteguía wrote:
>> So I suppose this is some problem related with the v4l2 plugin for
>> gstreamer, but I don't know how to fix this. I've Googled it and I saw
>> people from other distributions having the same problem, but usually
>> an update fixed the problem. My Fedora system is up to date.
> Well, it's not, you're still running F9. This is fixed in F10.
>> Any ideas?
> As most things in F9 are not built with libv4l, you'll have to manually
> LD_PRELOAD v4l2convert.so to get them to work:
> LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libv4l/v4l2convert.so cheese
> For v4l1 apps, you'll want to:
> LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libv4l/v4l1compat.so the_app
> (You can also try that for Cheese if v4l2convert.so doesn't work.)
> For 32-bit apps (e.g. Skype), use /usr/lib instead of /usr/lib64. Note that,
> as Skype is proprietary and not part of Fedora, it is impossible for Fedora
> to fix it, so you will always have to
> LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so to use it (until the producer
> fixes it). This is why proprietary software sucks, it always lags behind
> current GNU/Linux technology. I strongly recommend not using Skype, because
> you're not only locking yourself into proprietary technology, but also the
> people on the other end.
> See also: http://hansdegoede.livejournal.com/6317.html
> Alternatively, you can upgrade to F10 where webcam-using apps have been
> built to use libv4l directly (but of course this only applies to the
> software actually IN Fedora, not proprietary crap like Skype).

OK, thanks!

It worked perfectly.

Upgrading to F10 is not an option for now, but I'm glad to hear this is solved.

Skype sucks because it is proprietary, but I need to talk to Windows
users and ekiga is not a real option (I've tried ekiga and its voice &
video qualities are lower than Skype, besides the Windows client is
kind of broken).

I would like to hear some alternatives to use to talk from Linux to
Linux and from Linux to Windows.


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