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Author: .vlax.
To: brico
Subject: Re: [Bricolabs] Video conferencing & distance learning, BigBlueButton

On 29/05/20 14:37, Paula Vélez wrote:
> Dear Carsten,
> Thank you for taking the time to do it and to share it with us.

yes, thank you very much for your very important effort :)

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


I was not able to refuse zoom many times due to job requirements that
sometimes offers MSteams as an option

> 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,

 good to know , a few days ago I was reading in slashdot a poll about
options to videoconferencing and some people were saying basically the
same about BBB, so is worth to try it

> 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.
> https://ladatano.partidopirata.com.ar/jitsimeter/

I still have no luck with Jitsi under GNU/linux (devuan, with chromium &
firefox-esr) :(

I already tried with a dozen of public Jitsi instances and is always the
same : I can't hear or I can't talk even if browser is accepting mic,
and etc... dunno

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

yep, same here


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