Logitech QuickCam? support for skype on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) x86_64
Once skype has been installed, and the webcam connected to the usb port, the kernel detects it (zc0301) but skype doesn't see anything. This is because the driver is v4l2 only, while skype seems to expect something v4l-compatible. You will have to use the 32-bit v4l2 -> v4l wrapper coming from the 32-bit version of Intrepid.
- download libv4l-0 for i386: http://packages.ubuntu.com/intrepid/i386/libv4l-0/download
- run "alien -t" on it somewhere on your filesystem (eg. /tmp)
- copy /usr/lib/libv4l to the place you want to keep it (eg. in /usr/local/lib32)
- write a wrapper script for skype (+chmod 755 of course):
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH LD_PRELOAD
exec /usr/bin/skype "$@"
And enjoy... and if you don't, pray for your buddies to enjoy for you, at least.