I recently discovered a free driver for my GF’s builtin Microdia webcam. It works very nicely (better than the crappy proprietary one did when I tested the “trial”). So if you’ve got a Microdia webcam, at least the 0c45:624f one, now you can have it working properly, with good quality without paying a load of money for a one-time one-kernel one-arch license for a proprietary one.
git clone http://repo.or.cz/r/microdia.git cd microdia make sudo insmod ./microdia.ko
Then just launch Cheese or your favourite webcam program and off you go.
Thanks a lot to those that took the time to develop a proper driver. If you’ve got a paypal account, I’ll donate some money for your hard work.
Update: the module is now named
sn9c20x.ko, so the last line becomes
sudo insmod ./sn9c20x.ko
Update 2: According to brandon in the comments, the kernel module is in the upstream kernel as of 184.108.40.206