Davo writes: "I recently stumbled across wxcam, a simple versatile program for recording (with audio) from a webcam.
It supports webcam snapshots in several formats, records video in .avi (and with audio in xvid) and supports motion detection.
With ffmpeg installed, the videos can be converted to other formats (.flv for youtube etc)."
Sorry to keep providing outside links, but this post of Davo I thought was a gooden! Davo, provides some knowledge & links about this webcam software... best of all he provides a aptget links for the Mepis dependencies...