Obviously Motion as webcam security would be vastly more attractive with a GUI — either GTK or QT. But even without a clean UI to work from, this article gives you the very simple to follow guidelines in which you can set up a security camera on a budget.

It just takes a webcam. Yes, that’s it. Nothing to it. Copy and edit a couple of .conf files, you’re ready to roll. For those who are not familiar with editing conf files, just realize this. Ctrl F and make the changes needed, then hit save. It’s that simple.

The guide provides you with both the material for a copy and paste and tells you exactly where to edit things. Speaking for myself, I think it might be fun to set up Motion with a video off-site record of what’s going on along with X11 dialing options to my mobile phone.

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