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Open Meetings – open source conferencing software


Open Meetings is a free open source program which comes with all the stuff you need for maintaining your own web conferencing system. The interface is rather Teutonically Spartan [huh…? – Ed] but it looks as though the software will get the job done. If you don’t have friends you’re going to find it tough to test out, but the demo is worth a look anyway.


You can run conferences with up to 16 people with audio and video, or an event with up to 200 people where only the organiser can present via audio and video (the others are viewers) so it has some coolness attached. There’s also a useful scheduling feature built in so you can set up meetings in advance. The icing on the cake is the recording function, which lets you save archives of all your best meetings to drool over in the comfort of your own fantasy.

If I sound less than awesomeized it’s because the whole presentation is, very little concession to helping the less than geeky user easily assimilate the package. Which is a shame. With just a teeny bit of design smarts and a dedicated website with some polish, the whole project would come across as so much more use-me friendly.

Any time I see something like…

Unpack it to $RED5-HOME/webapps/ your new folder structure will be $RED5-HOME/webapps/openmeetings/ this is the base directory of OpenMeetings (following $OPENMEETINGS-HOME)”

…I know there’s a bunch of engineers in charge, and life won’t be as smooth and silky as it could be. Anyone remember early WordPress? Anyway I’m quibbling, it’s open source, so that’s just about glorious in itself.

 Features * Video/Audio * See Desktop of any participant * Multi-Language (Currently: Arabic Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Czech German English French Galician Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Persian Portuguese Russian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian) and Customizable * Whiteboard with drawing, write & edit, dragNDrop, Resizing, Images (DragNDrop from Library), Symbol(s) * Safe/export Drawings from whiteboard and load it next time, edit and resave…

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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