Re: Quickcam device driver for Linux

> As much as I hate the portability headaches, I would support an effort to
> create a kernel driver to pass bytes directly (no buffering, translation,
> etc) from the camera to a read() call.  Any (de)compression, dithering, or
> resizing should be done in userspace, where malloc() is cheap and
> processes can be preempted. 
> --Patrick

I'd agree with this, with the following proviso - that one could query the 
device (via ioctl) to find out what output format the data would be. Having a 
/dev/camera that just pumped out raw data without having some way of knowing 
what the output format was would be a severe pain.

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