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I realize that Webex does not support Ubuntu 11, however I have a website running on my machine that I need to demo for a client and he will use webex. I need to be able to use the "share desktop" feature to do this. Is there any dependable way (gksudo, java installation, browser, anything) that lets you share your desktop?

I don't care if the audio crashes since we talk on the phone, and it's okay if it cuts out from time to time -- I just need him to be able to see it.

Alternatively, is there an easy way for me to switch to an ubuntu version that will allow me to share my desktop?

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You could try ScreenLeap, which seems to have a very low setup overhead (it just downloads and runs a Java applet).

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So I've struggled with this for years, and finally have a solution.

  1. Install Ubuntu 32-bit. 64-bit simply won't work with Cisco's Webex Java plugin. I fought this for years, and finally gave up. I installed Ubuntu into a VM using [testdrive][1].
  2. sudo apt-get install icedtea-6-plugin
  3. Join a Webex and have fun sharing your desktop!
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After much trial and error, I was able to get WebEx desktop sharing working in 64-bit Ubuntu just by installing a few packages (I did this on 12.04, but I imagine it would work on other versions as well):

  1. Install 32-bit Java, a necessary 32-bit library, the Java plugin, and Firefox (WebEx doesn't support Google Chrome on Linux at the moment):

    sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre:i386 libxmu6:i386 icedtea-7-plugin firefox
  2. Make sure the correct Java plugin is configured:

    sudo update-alternatives --auto mozilla-javaplugin.so

    If for some reason that doesn't do the trick, you can try this instead:

    sudo update-alternatives --set mozilla-javaplugin.so /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-amd64/jre/lib/amd64/IcedTeaPlugin.so

Close and re-open Firefox, and WebEx desktop sharing should work.

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I had webex working on 12.04, but now I switched to 14.04 I get it to almost work. Everything except the actual screen sharing works. So I go into the meeting and see the other people, but I an unable to see the shared stream. –  balachmar Apr 4 at 14:26
If I get a chance I'll test on 14.04, but in the meantime I blogged about some other methods that may work if the above doesn't: Using WebEx desktop sharing on Ubuntu 64-bit –  bmaupin Apr 4 at 15:36

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