[lug] online meeting software for linux

Will will.sterling at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 16:33:50 MST 2011

I think Open Meetings can do what you are looking for.  I've been wanting to
try it out myself for a while now but have not gotten around to it.


On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 4:03 PM, Davide Del Vento <davide.del.vento at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering if there is any software that would allow me to have
> an "online" meeting, that is, I have a speaker (say myself)
> "projecting" my slides (and possibly desktop, e.g. shell or other
> stuff) and talking. Ideally people would be able to watch me realtime
> in a browser. In a perfect world they would be able to pose questions,
> but I understand that would be too much for me to ask in this world
> :-)
> Seeing without hearing would be ok. Installing a custom software such
> a VNC-client would be ok too, but only if it's open source.
> So, what I've found so far is a large bunch of *services* (most of
> which are paid, although a few offer a basic free version, or a short
> free trial) which do offer what I want as a service, often requiring
> the installation of closed software on either client or server or
> both. But I don't want a service at all. I want a software to
> configure and run on my machine(s). I'm imaging it as using a (very
> beefed) server, which would do the number crunching for the
> compression and would run the actual broadcast server (is apache ok?)
> and a tiny client on the speaker machine that would just send
> screenshots diffs to the server (in the same LAN). I am not Google, so
> I don't need the stuff to scale to millions. Just one speaker and a
> few dozen attendees.
> Among the software category, I haven't found exactly what I want,
> these are what I've found:
> 1) instanbul (only records, does not stream realtime and it is very
> hard on the speaker machine, which is bad - I guess with some work it
> could be offloaded to the server)
> 2) fluendo (not sure what this exactly is)
> 3) peercast (it seemed exactly what I needed, but it looks dead)
> 4) geekcast (it seems to be a front-end to peercast, thus not usable)
> 5) icecast (it only stream audio, not video/slides)
> 5) cygnal (my understanding this is just a todo list, not an actual
> running software)
> Am I wrong with any of these? Anything else that I should look into?
> Has anybody tried anything like this and succeeded/given-up?
> Thanks,
> Davide
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