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> 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:
> 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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