Enabling Raspberry Pi Camera V2 under Ubuntu Mate

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This blog post describes how to integrate Raspberry Pi Camera v2 with a Raspberry Pi 3 running Ubuntu MATE 16.04.

With Raspberry Pi 3 powered off, place the camera ribbon into the camera connector nearest to the Ethernet connector with the side showing the conductors facing away from the Ethernet connector.

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After the connection is secured, power up Raspberry Pi 3.  Install raspi-config and rpi-update:

     sudo apt-get update
     sudo apt-get upgrade
     sudo apt-get install raspi-config rpi-update

Run raspi-config to enable camera:

     sudo raspi-config

You will get the below screen:

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Enable camera, finish, and reboot. Next, make sure /boot/config.txt has the following enabled:

     start_x=1
     gpu_mem=128

Now run sudo rpi-update to update firmware.

If you’re getting the below error,

     mmal: mmal_component_create_core: could not find component 'vc.camera_info'
     mmal: Failed to create camera_info component
     mmal: mmal_component_create_core: could not find component 'vc.ril.camera'
     mmal: Failed to create camera component
     mmal: main: Failed to create camera component
     mmal: Failed to run camera app. Please check for firmware updates

when running raspistill or other userland apps, then try downgrade to an older version below that worked for me:

     sudo rpi-update 667cfabe63bc663383559ef88317e86f9bd41e45

Applications like raspistill are part of userland code that can be cloned and built:

     git clone https://github.com/raspberrypi/userland.git
     cd userland
     ./buildme
     touch ~/.bash_aliases
     echo -e 'PATH=$PATH:/opt/vc/bin\nexport PATH' >> ~/.bash_aliases
     echo -e 'LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/opt/vc/lib\nexport LD_LIBRARY_PATH' >> ~/.bash_aliases
     source ~/.bashrc
     sudo ldconfig
     sudo reboot now

Now you can test your camera installation by running the following command:

     raspivid -p 0,0,640,480 -t 0

and something like below should result:
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