Martin Kepplinger has written a new blog article for Purism.
Would someone want to elaborate on the MIPI CSI2 importance to cameras - was this the “big hurdle” and does this hint at possible advancements in having L5 cameras to work as webcams soon-ish?
You really need the person who did the work to elaborate but it is my impression that there isn’t a significant functional change with this but rather just getting the current support out of the Purism-specific changes and into the mainline - so, at least as far as this specific hardware component is concerned, you could run Debian on your phone instead of PureOS. This improves choice and long-term stability and support for the Librem 5. This could also reduce the lead-time between a new Debian release coming out and the corresponding PureOS release coming out for the Librem 5. In theory it also helps any other hardware device that is using this (poorly documented) NXP chip (and using a camera).
Again, beyond my pay grade, but I believe that this is unrelated. It perhaps depends though on what you are referring to. Link to existing discussion?
AIUI, the basic idea is that most existing Linux software expects a webcam that interfaces via USB (i.e. a UVC class device). The cameras on the Librem 5 (and also on the Raspberry Pi) use CSI and not USB. So to make existing software play nicely with both types of camera interface, you either need to emulate (bridge the software gap) so that the CSI camera also looks like a UVC camera or you need to introduce a higher level interface that hides (blurs? ) the differences between the two interfaces (supporting both underlying hardware interfaces) and change software to use the new interface or do both. I don’t know which if any of those is happening. But that may not be at all what you are referring to???
That’s what I was wondering about - thanks.
There’s two interesting developments in that regard: libcamera support for software isp/ipa by the libcamera devs (prompted by sensors found in recent laptops):
- [libcamera-devel] [RFC PATCH 0/7] libcamera: introduce Software ISP and Software IPA
and related [libcamera-devel] softISP for libcamera
(which will then make it simpler to use it with pipewire)
and the work on megapixel’s 2.0 Megapixels 2.0 which would make it easier to use it in a library like fashion.