[riot-devel] Periodical (virtual) meetings

Thomas Eichinger thomas.eichinger at fu-berlin.de
Sat Oct 18 12:05:11 CEST 2014

Hi all,

I did look for some additional alternatives and stumbled upon these WebRTC

1. meetecho http://www.meetecho.com <http://www.meetecho.com/>
I think you can set up some pretty professional environment with this but 
the entry level seems pretty high to set up the central instance. 

2. palava.tv https://palava.tv/ <https://palava.tv/>
Could be used for a first iteration out of the box. Since it is open source it
might make sense to host an own instance if it works.

3. apear.in https://appear.in/ <https://appear.in/>
Offers a low entry level as palava.tv but is not open source and claims
to be restricted to 8 persons due to bandwidth constraints. Couldn’t test
if you switch off video more people could join.

… I most probably  missed one service or another, these popped up in 
big numbers lately.

I think these offer an interesting approach. You don’t need any extra software
(only a decently modern browser) and are built on open standards.

Best, Thomas

> On 17 Oct 2014, at 23:23, Adam Hunt <voxadam at gmail.com> wrote:
> I haven't tried any of these but here are a few open source options:
> eXo <http://blog.exoplatform.com/en/2013/11/07/team-collaboration-video-conferencing-in-exo-chat-and-why-you-can-drop-skype-now>
> BigBlueButton <http://bigbluebutton.org/>
> Apache Openmeetings <https://openmeetings.apache.org/>
> WebHuddle <https://www.webhuddle.com/>
> eXo and BigBlueButton look promising. eXo looks like quite nice but it might be a bit of an undertaking to host (I'd offer to host it but I don't  have the bandwidth at the moment). BigBlueButton seems to be geared towards online learning but still a possibility. Openmeetings and WebHuddle appear to be Java based which is not my first choice; eXo and BigBlueButton look to be WebRTC based which is a plus in my book.
> One thing that I personally would really like to see, is a solution that allows for the recording of meetings. Meeting minutes are nice but sometimes it's nice to see the meeting exactly as it happened.
> Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_conferencing_software <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_conferencing_software>
> --adam
> On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM, Adam Hunt <voxadam at gmail.com <mailto:voxadam at gmail.com>> wrote:
> I'm fine with whatever as long as whatever is settled on runs natively under Linux (Android would be great as well). I've heard that WebEx <http://www.webex.com/> quite good but, unfortunately, it's not free. An open source solution would be ideal but I don't know of anything that has feature parity with TeamViewer.
> ​A regular meeting would be wonderful, especially for those of us in other time zones. While I may not be a contributor (yet), I'd really like to keep up on RIOT. I hope to use it in a side project that I hope to become my primary project soon. Speaking of time zones, CST, is that UTC+01:00? 
> ​--adam​
> On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM, Martine Lenders <authmillenon at gmail.com <mailto:authmillenon at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Hi Oleg,
> Cheers
> 2014-10-17 18:54 GMT+02:00 Oleg Hahm <oliver.hahm at inria.fr <mailto:oliver.hahm at inria.fr>>:
> Dear realistic IoTlers,
> in order to keep RIOT's development community synchronized, discuss the latest
> changes, new features, and the long-term strategy, we will setup a new meeting
> on a regular basis. I propose to start with a biweekly rhythm and maybe adjust
> this if necessary. To give all the RIOTers around the world the opportunity to
> participate, the meeting will happen as a virtual event using a web
> conferencing tool. After a first evaluation of available tools that are free
> of charge, I found TeamViewer [1] to be a good solution. If someone knows
> something better, we might change this for later meetings.
> if we only need audio, there is Mumble [1]. I can't say if it's better - I never tried TeamViewer for conference - but it is free software and you can run clients it on all major operating systems, including iOS and Android, without any emulation layer hassle.
> Cheers,
> Martine
> [1] http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page <http://wiki.mumble.info/wiki/Main_Page>
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