So today I helped a family member get setup for an online job interview, using Open Source software. We originally tried out using a spare webcam I had with her Windows 7 PC, but as it turns out, that particular webcam had basically been abandoned by the manufacturer Creative Labs, and by Microsoft. So there were no drivers that would work with it. What to do, what to do? I happened to have an old spare laptop laying around, with built-in webcam, running +Ubuntu GNOME
14.04 LTS, with +Skype
for Linux installed on it. Upon testing Skype, I discovered the webcam being detected as upside down. I was familiar with a similar problem, so I searched online for an idea how to fix it. Curiously, the Linux app, Cheese, which is a photo booth style app for webcams, shows the webcam working just fine. So it's only Skype that has the issue. Skype is manufactured by Microsoft, go figure, LOL. After getting Skype sorted out and working, I trained the family member on how to use the laptop. Simple setup, really. The guest user account I have setup to automatically login. All was needed was to start up, go to desktop, start Skype. The family member did the online Skype interiew without technical issues, and hopefully, Open Source software resulted in her getting the job.