I would like to setup Ubuntu to capture motion in my studio and e-mail pictures of anyone who enters it. MS Windows has plenty of software to do this, but now that I switched 100% to Ubuntu, I need a software to accomplish this. Ideas?
You can use Zoneminder.
To install Zoneminder, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.
1Source:Ubuntu Apps Directory
You can try
See http://www.unixmen.com/how-to-turn-your-webcam-into-a-motion-detecting-security-spy-camera-in-linux/ and http://www.chriswpage.com/2009/05/setup-an-advanced-webcam-security-system-with-ubuntu-8-04-and-motion/ for setup guides.
The basic steps are:
Hope this helps
I am UBUNTU user as well and I'm using Xeoma software for my CCTV system. (It is available over the Ubuntu Software-Center.)