15 April 2012

Solved, Cheese 3.2 Error In Ubuntu 11.10 : Clutter-CRITICAL **: Unable to initialize Clutter: The OpenGL version could not be determined


Cheese is a “cheesy” app to take photos or videos from your webcam. This is a part of GNOME project so it comes altogether with GNOME release. Cheese 2.32 is a part of GNOME 2.32, Cheese 3.0 is a part of GNOME 3.0, and so on.


This is a very cute app. We could take photos with several cute effects, and so, I love this app. But, in Ubuntu 11.10, the Cheese 3.2 couldn't be loaded in any computer that doesn't have GLX/3D supported Graphic Card/VGA (Intel, ATI, Nvidia). Just like in my old Pentium4 with onboard SiS 661 FX, Cheese 3.2 couldn't be loaded and resulted this error message :


(cheese:2352): Clutter-CRITICAL **: Unable to initialize Clutter: The OpenGL version could not be determined.


This error occurred because of Clutter, a new graphic library on GNOME 3 project and this library is absolutely “arrogant”. This app wouldn't load itself in any old non-GLX supported Graphic Cards so any apps that depends on it, wouldn't be loaded too (this is why, Ubuntu still stay with Totem 3.0, the last Totem that doesn't depend to Clutter).


So, is there any problem solving for this? I can answer this : no! We must upgrade our graphic cards into GLX-supported one like Nvidia or ATI; or we must seek another webcam app, another Cheese equivalent.


If we have some money, we could purchase GLX supported Graphic Cards, but if not, we have to look for another webcam app, and I've found this! The app we look for this is : KAMOSO. Kamoso is Cheese like app in KDE SC. This app is just very similar to Cheese but without effects (at the version when I wrote this post). In Ubuntu, it could be installed easily from repo :


sudo apt-get install kamoso


And now, though without cute effects, I could take my photos or videos from my webcam, by using Kamoso :)


System Comparison :

SiS 661 FX OnBoard Graphic Card

Ubuntu 11.10

Kamoso 2.0.2

KDE 4.7.1

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