Debian Jessie : Isight and Skype

Macbooks Intel internal USB camera (iSight) need a little configuration to be detected on Debian. Tested and working on a 4,1 MacBook (Snow Leopard) with dual-boot Debian Jessie 64. 

Install the iSight firmware

First, get the original MacOS firmware. When dual-booting the process is quite easy : mount the HFS partition to grab the needed file.

sudo mkdir /MacOSX
sudo mount -t hfsplus /dev/sda2 /MacOSX

Once mounted, the following application will do the rest. Be careful though: a dialog box will open during the process, be sure that the path displayed begins with /MacOSX/System…

sudo apt-get install isight-firmware-tools

When it’s done you can check the firmware has been successfully retrieved:

ls /lib/firmware/isight.fw

Now, shut down completely the computer, restart it. It’s done.

[source] : Ubuntu help page

Install Skype on Debian Jessie

Skype has a multiarch i386 deb installer for Debian: this means you need to allow i386 software installation on a 64 bit architecture.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && sudo apt-get update

Install Skype: it will announce several errors, you will resolve them next.

sudo dpkg -i skype-debian_4.1.0.20-1_i386.deb
sudo apt-get -f install

Bravo, you now a have Skype and a working camera, let’s waste some time!



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