Re: Chime instead of Zoom, a modest proposal

Alexios Zavras
 

The good folks at FSFE maintain a wiki page with Free Software alternatives:
https://wiki.fsfe.org/Activities/FreeSoftware4RemoteWorking

I should point out that in the SPDX calls we don't actually use video -- it's audio and screen sharing.

-- zvr

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From: Spdx-legal@... <Spdx-legal@...> On Behalf Of James Bottomley
Sent: Tuesday, 14 April, 2020 06:35
To: Kyle Mitchell <@kemitchell>
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Subject: Re: Chime instead of Zoom, a modest proposal

On Mon, 2020-04-13 at 20:55 -0700, Kyle Mitchell wrote:
Others have more religious affinity for the Linux desktop.
Wow that's a blast from the early part of this millenium. Since Linux now runs over 80% of the world's computing resources, I thought we'd got over stigmatizing people who actually run it on their desktops.

It's not for want of others trying: my workplace keeps sending me windows laptops, but they aren't really useful for my daily activities and it turns out that if you don't switch them on very often, they simply stop working and eventually the capital expense isn't worth it.

But I haven't seen any libre option that stacks up to Zoom's
reliability. Other closed competitors---Hangouts especially---never
met that bar, either.
Well, I'm glad you asked ... so far the most promising fully open trial is this one:

https://bigbluebutton.org/

But the trials are still ongoing so that's by no means the final answer. It's actually somewhat obvious: bigbluebutton was developed for teaching remotely in under resourced schools, so of course they brought it up on a free (as in beer) OS because everything else was cost prohibitive. No one's heard of it because their advertising budget matches the available resources ...

James






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