the goal is to use the same webcam for video chat apps and for home security at the same time. Currently, the webcam is working just fine with either VLC (or mjpg-streamer) and with Kopete - just not simultaneously.
I am on Kubuntu 10.4 but at least one of these setups will be on Debian/Linux. A GNU/Linux generic method would be best, but Debian/Linux specific (with udev?) would be just fine.
I have a custom udev rule to control naming of the webcam and I had tried adding "MODE = "0666"" and I have tired running Kopete as root after opening the device with VLC, a permissions angle might not the trick.
Any brilliant insights?