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Problem

In my company, an Open Source BPM solution editor, we use a lot Go To Meeting and Go To Training (Citrix) for trainings. It works on Windows, Mac and iOS, Android. But not on Linux. And it seems they will not support Linux soon. I know that Webex (Cisco) supports Linux, but is far more expensive and the CTO told us "No!".

Thanks to the success of our Open Source solution, we have more and more demand for training with Ubuntu desktop & server, and we would like to be able to do it. Skype is not a solution, and Google Hangouts neither.

Question

So, would you have any advice? We need:

  • sharing screen & webcam
  • managing who speak (mute, unmute)
  • a text chat
  • up to 6 people connected + manager of the session
  • record the session
  • the ability to do some remote control over the Internet would be a plus but is not compulsory

If it is Linux only, it is not a problem. If it is not free of charge, it must not cost much than Go To Training.

There is an interesting comparison chart on Wikipedia, however, there are too many to test them all. So if you have any feedback, you are welcome.

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Why isn't Skype or Google hanghouts an option? they are quite good and are stable. –  Alvar May 31 '13 at 12:56
    
Looks like Psi/Psi+ Jabber/XMPP clients have some audio/video support by using a plugin. You'll then need to set up a Jabber/XMPP server yourself, though. It's defenitely not a conference solution. I doubt this even exists - I only know hosted solutions like Spreed. –  gertvdijk May 31 '13 at 14:49
    
You don't have enough control to manage a training (mute, unmute someone, for example). Some other cool features are the recording ability, I will add it to the list. –  ttoine May 31 '13 at 15:05
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Be sure to let Citrix know you want GoToMeeting on Linux –  earthmeLon Feb 4 at 19:16
    
Thank you very much for the link. I will vote for that ! –  ttoine Feb 5 at 9:32

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OpenMeetings

Openmeetings provides video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming.

Mikogo

Mikogo is a desktop sharing tool full of features to assist you in conducting the perfect online meeting or web conference. Take advantage of the opportunity to share any screen content or application over the Internet in true color quality with up to 25 participants simultaneously, while still sitting at your desk.

Yugma

Yugma free web conferencing allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas online with others. To start hosting your own meetings, sign up today for FREE. Your Yugma Free web conferencing account allows you to invite up to 1 attendees with 30 minutes meeting limitations.

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I think that Apache OpenMeetings is the best option because meets all the requirements from the OP and it's open source (then free). I didn't know about its existence and I'm going to implement one server now at home. Thanks for that great answer! –  Leo Jun 8 '13 at 12:17
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Yes, this a surprise for me too... –  ttoine Jun 10 '13 at 8:18

I would recommend Teamviewer. It's free and available on all devices. Or Google chrome remote connection for a bit more stability.

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To complete your answer, could you please add a link to Teamviewer website? –  ttoine Jun 10 '13 at 8:16
    
this is not a training solution, this it an assistance solution –  ttoine Jun 10 '13 at 8:20

Big Blue Button is OOS educational software which covers your requirements (sans remote control). You can download a VM appliance with all set. Linux server and browser for a client.

The sad part is that it uses Flash, but nothing is ideal in this world.

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You know if a company is offering hosting and services for Big Blue Button? Or we have to host it? –  ttoine Jun 3 '13 at 9:35
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I have hosted it on VM at home (cable) for a small group (3-4 people) w/o a problem. On their web site they have some companiesh which provide hosting as well: bigbluebutton.org/commercial-support –  Sunny Jun 3 '13 at 20:22

GotoMeeting is now possible in web browser in Ubuntu using the WebViewer.

Check the Web Viewer FAQ

The downside of this: the host has to enable the Web Viewer for your meeting.

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Yes, but the host has to explicitly and manually enable this feature, which happens not-too-often. –  earthmeLon Feb 4 at 19:04
    
You're right, let me add this. –  Rael Gugelmin Cunha Apr 17 at 1:10

There are two solutions that I know of to get windows applications to run on Ubuntu. The first is virtualbox (www.virtualbox.org). This lets you to run a virtual windows (or mac) machine inside Ubuntu, on to which you could install gotomeeting. Also, try installing the windows version of gotomeeting in ubuntu and then using WINE to run it. (http://www.winehq.org/)

Hope this helps.

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this is off topic... –  ttoine Jun 18 '13 at 14:34

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