Connecting a webcam for the first time does nothing

Bug #916036 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

1. Connect an external webcam for the first time, while all these are true:
    - you are logged in
    - Ubuntu Software Center is installed
    - Cheese is not installed.

What happens: Nothing. (Disclaimer: I have not actually tested this.)

What should happen:
* A "Camera Connected" dialog appears: "You have connected a camera. Would you like to install software for taking photos and videos with the camera?"
* If you choose "Cancel", the dialog disappears, and you don't see it again.
* If you choose "More Info", the dialog disappears, and Ubuntu Software Center opens to display information about Cheese.

I'm told gnome-settings-daemon is the appropriate place for this code; please retarget if not.

(This is part of <>.)

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, that could be done in g-s-d indeed, do we have a rational on why cheese should be recommended?

- our default im client support video calls so the webcam already has an use without installing cheese
- cheese is in universe and not well maintained in Ubuntu, do we really want to recommend something we don't maintain?
- what if the user has something similar to cheese already installed (I didn't check but I guess the archive has other softwares that let you play with a webcam and take photos)

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Thanks for that info.

Ideally we'd ship a photo-taking app by default, as we used to. For as long as we don't, I think it's reasonable to ask about it the first time a webcam is connected, even though the webcam might be used for video calls instead (or as well).

If there is a better application to suggest (Camorama?), then let's offer to install that instead, and make it subject for review each release in the same way that default Ubuntu's applications are. We could also change the "Cheese is not installed" precondition to "none of Cheese, Camorama, or Kamoso are installed".

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