[nmglug] Jitsi vs. BigBlueButton

Jonathan Haack jonathan at jonathanhaack.com
Thu Apr 23 08:48:16 PDT 2020

Hi all,

Thanks for all the talk about Jitsi - yes, it is very easy and secure to
use and great free software.

However, I am also a teacher - and group work, or breakout rooms in
conferencing systems is *essential* to many of the lessons I teach online.

For that reason, I reached out to Dave Lane, President of NZ Open Source
Society, and also head sys admin at OERu.org.

He suggested I run BigBlueButton, and allowed me to test his self-hosted
instance last night: https://bbb.nzoss.nz/b

BigBlueButton's community server cannot handle classes over an hour due to
increased load, so my question to everyone here is ... is there interest in
the NM GLUG community for setting up a community BigBlueButton instance?

The server requirements are actually fairly beefy:

Of course, this project is FLOSS or I would not share it (LGPL licensed):

Anyway, if someone can provide the host and bandwidth and give me
shell/key  access, I can do all the set up DNS, etc., and server
configuration, mail relay for accounts for us, etc.  I just don't have
enough space on my home server or another spare host - and putitng this in
a VPS would be $$$$$$ as fuck.

Other ideas also welcome as a solution to this ...

Thanks all,

Jonathan Haack
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