Conor Schaefer on 10 Jan 2011 16:10:15 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Video Conferencing Suggestions

On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 6:47 PM, Michael Lazin <> wrote:

Google talk with video works great with my ubuntu network, even with 3g. Not choppy

This. I've set people up with this on Ubuntu installs and it's surprisingly painless. It's flash video in a browser window, so if you're comfortable with that, it's phenonemal. Of course, both parties will need a Gmail address, but it's really cool to me that Google has provided such an easy way to do cross-platform video chat.

On Jan 10, 2011 6:14 PM, "Edmond Rodriguez" <> wrote:
> Actually regarding, I think I tried it on a LAN, so I
> guess the two machines did not have a NAT between them. (though I
> imagine it should work) I tried it with a friend in a coffee shop
> once. I think we had trouble punching through their internet
> equipment.
> On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 5:51 PM, Edmond Rodriguez
> <> wrote:
>> I stumbled on which runs in a web browser
>> using flash (no software install needed). ÂIt seems to work and I was
>> able to get peer to peer with it even through a NAT with no port
>> mapping. Â There is a quirk with Linux and Flash and permissions that
>> is easy to solve (regarding camera permission so you can get a video,
>> perhaps fixed in future flashes).
>> is for two people so I would guess it's private? I
>> don't know though. ÂAlso no login is necessary whatsoever, though
>> sometimes an option. ÂYou just create a URL and give that URL to the
>> other person. ÂThats it! Â No software.
>> I keep wondering if I could implement this myself by running a server
>> with a port mapped router and thus bypass the middleman server for my
>> own personal use with others.
>> Be careful with just ""! Â(not talking about
>>, that is much more public if not entirely public and
>> allows multiple users. Â Also no login needed there as well.
>> Don't forget gmail chat (google voice) which now has video and is
>> supported with debian distributions. Â I tried to make it work with
>> Slackware but it is choppy, so I can't say much about it. ÂMy Ubuntu
>> machine is too slow, as this seems to eat up the processor (as the
>> above flash probably does too).
>> I tried to get MSN Live Messenger to run in Wine. ÂOlder versions are
>> sort of documented to work, but I spent over 3 hours with it
>> struggling with DLL's. Â At one point, I actually got it to run
>> including video, but could not log in. Â Later I was able to login,
>> but no video and also could not open a chat window. Â ÂIt was all very
>> addicting to try and make it work. ÂThankfully someone interrupted me
>> after about 2 hours of this stuff.
>> Here are a few URLS, but if you go this route, Good Luck,
>> If someone takes this on (msn messenger on wine) and makes it work
>> completely, let me know!
>> I have not had much trouble with Skype on Linux including video, but I
>> don't use it much. Â ÂWhat is not reliable about it?
>> On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 5:24 PM, Matt Berlin <> wrote:
>>> I think ekiga can be linked with skype for the nix end of the call.
>>> - matt
>>> On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM, Casey Bralla <> wrote:
>>>> I'm looking for a good cross-platform (Linux-Mac... & Windows) video
>>>> conferencing program.
>>>> Skype has never worked reliably for me on Linux, and their latest beta won't
>>>> run under 64-bit Linux.
>>>> Ekiga looks very good, but does not have a Mac client. ÂIt does appear to be
>>>> standards, compliant, however, so maybe I could tell my Dad (who runs a Mac)
>>>> what program to load so we could videoconference.
>>>> Anybody have a suggestion?
>>>> --
>>>> Casey Bralla
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