View Full Version : [ubuntu] need a simple webcam software with motion detection

February 14th, 2011, 07:21 AM
So my 1 of my roommates keep taking stuff out of my room while im away for the weekend. somebody is doing this and wont come clean. i want to set up a webcam in my room with motion detection so i can find out who it is.

i have looked up a few programs, but they were a bit to complicated for me. now my main computer is my laptop and goes everywhere with me. i have an old OOOLD (1999) computer that i can connect my webcam too. i need a good combo of OS and cam software for this machine. a light weight linux distro and a simple webcam program. so i can just point the cam, click record and go off for my weekend.

my computer is a 366 mhz with probably 32 mb of ram. and webcam is logitech.

February 14th, 2011, 02:41 PM
There a linux app called motion which detects motion using the webcam then sets if off recording so you don't fill up your whole hard drive of pictures of your fridge :p It will either take pics or video.

your main prob will be getting an linux o/s small enough to run on your pc you could try tiny core linux but that RAM is very small

February 14th, 2011, 02:52 PM
you system specs are too low for anything good. maybe a CLI based OS and programme could solve this. it would have to be able to run the camera drivers and store files at leats in the pics.

otherwise just today i read about iSpy programme. though it seems it is limited to windows and a bit more modern maschines. i wonder if there is something similar for linux.