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    meeting software needed

    With the world on shut-down, I am looking for a free meeting software. I need one that any OS can log into. It would be hosted on my Linux machine.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: meeting software needed

    Assuming by "free" you mean free of charge, you could try Zoom or almost anything else on this list:
    https://alternativeto.net/software/z...platform=linux
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    Re: meeting software needed

    Quote Originally Posted by goinglinux View Post
    Assuming by "free" you mean free of charge, you could try Zoom...
    Indeed, my family and I 'get together' now with Zoom once a week. $23 per month is a good investment...
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    Re: meeting software needed

    A free Zoom account includes up to 100 simultaneous users and meetings of forty minutes in length.

    https://zoom.us/pricing
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    Re: meeting software needed

    Jisti is F/LOSS. You can run your own server or use the free ones the project provides at meet.jit.si
    There are apps for Android and iOS. For real computers, use a chromium-based browser. Our LUG and DefCon and Perl groups have been using Jitsi-meet for a few weeks now. Video, voice, chat, screen sharing, youtube videos .... all work fairly well.

    Earlier today, 2 different 0-days were dropped for Zoom. Plus the entire sharing data with Facebook without explicitly asking seems slimy.
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/2/21...on-daily-users - reads like Zoom is trying to address the issues - both security and privacy with a 90 day feature freeze (only bug and privacy fixes).

    Looks like it wasn't just facebook, but microsoft too!
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/t...edin-data.html

    For my family, i've been hosting Nextcloud-Talk about 2 yrs. it also uses webRTC, but it don't have enough bandwidth at home and don't trust nextcloud enough to put it on the internet without a full VPN required. Setup requires Nextcloud first, then a 1-click install and about 20 minutes to configure - perhaps less. My setup isn't exactly standard with a reverse-proxy handling SSL termination and a few tweaks to get mod_security working w/ nextcloud.
    Last edited by TheFu; April 2nd, 2020 at 05:18 PM.

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    Re: meeting software needed

    ↑+1 — What TheFu said.

    A purely personal opinion: I don't trust Zoom with my privacy or my identity: https://protonmail.com/blog/zoom-privacy-issues/

    Jitsi or Jami. Both have clients for Android, iOS, Windows and Macs. The Linux clients are up-to-date and available as snaps. Android clients are available on F-Droid.

    EDIT

    Also, the FOSS alternatives have no time limits, participant limits or other silly restrictions.
    Last edited by DuckHook; April 2nd, 2020 at 04:15 AM. Reason: Further thoughts.

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    Re: meeting software needed

    Thanks for the answers. I did find out that Zoom is not limiting the free version to 40 minutes for the remainder of this pandemic!

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    Re: meeting software needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Autodave View Post
    Thanks for the answers. I did find out that Zoom is not limiting the free version to 40 minutes for the remainder of this pandemic!
    I thought this was only for most schools?
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    Re: meeting software needed

    I was on the free one for over 2 hours last night along with about 12 other people.

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    Re: meeting software needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Autodave View Post
    I was on the free one for over 2 hours last night along with about 12 other people.
    Well I will kick myself for paying up for a monthly license perhaps . For my own use I aim to stick with Zoom for the moment in the expectation that the company will be forced to fix the acknowledged defects in its products. Of interest is the company post on these issues:

    A Message to Our Users
    https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/...-to-our-users/

    Interesting times ahead
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