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Author: Paula Vélez
To: Bricolabs
Subject: Re: [Bricolabs] Video conferencing & distance learning, BigBlueButton
Dear Carsten,

Thank you for taking the time to do it and to share it with us.

I have the same worries than you lately and have been refusing meetings
when it is on zoom.

Lately I had also tested the BBB and it is a very good tool. Works very
well, it is friendly and has interesting possibilities for meetings,
for exemple it is possible to make subgroups and to have a board to draw,
share videos, share the screen.
Private and public chats.

Thank you again to share the server and the bbb. I will probably try it
soon since I've been using jitsi.
By the way, there is a friend that made this trackin jitsi instances to see
which one is the best at the precise moment
where the connection will be.


But now I will use your link for a meeting I will have soon, then I will
give you feedback about how it worked.

Take care bricos,


El vie., 29 may. 2020 a las 18:22, Carsten Agger (<agger@???>)

> The present crisis has, of course, seen a surge in video conferencing,
> and as someone who is passionate about free software (and now, of
> course, involved as a GA member in the Free Software Foundation Europe)
> I've watched with some annoyance as everyone, including progressive
> academics and other intelligent people, throng to Zoom, the latest
> surveillance capitalist invention.
> I briefly considered if I should consider this "force majeure" and
> accept invitations to Zoom meetings, but instead I decided to double
> down on my free software stance and refuse to use anything that requires
> me to install non-free software on my computer.
> Instead, in order to show how feasible it is to run such infrastructure
> ourselves instead of relying on surveillance capitalism to solve all our
> problems, I decided to set up a video conferencing server in my own house.
> Some years ago I tried to run an instance of the otherwise brilliant
> Jitsi Meet, but I found that it was complicated to "tweak" to get a
> really satisfactory performance.
> Instead, I set up an instance of the e-learning server BigBlueButton,
> which can be accessed here:
> https://bigbluebutton.modspil.dk/
> Feel free to try it and use it as you please!
> Some Germans tried it and told me that it worked fine with 17 active
> participants, 12 on camera, so I suppose it works. I've mainly been
> using it for my piano lessons. :)
> The main limitation is that my Internet is "only" 100/100, which
> "limits" the capacity to e.g. 20 5-person meetings with camera activated
> at a time.
> If you decide to use it, you need to register a user to start a meeting
> - participants can just access the link you send them with no registration.
> If capacity becomes a problem, I might limit new registrations, but then
> maybe people can feel inspired to set up their own. It's not that hard. :-)
> Best,
> Carsten
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