[nmglug] Jitsi vs. BigBlueButton

Jonathan Haack jonathan at jonathanhaack.com
Fri Apr 24 13:17:09 PDT 2020

Actually, bad news.  The IT guy that relayed this information to me was
misinformed and this is not a self-hosted instance at SFCC, but rather a
mere integrated plug-in with the community server, so meetings are
throttled to 1 hour, speeds are terrible and the same problem emerges. 
Turns out this guy was not clear on what I was asking about when I said
"self-hosted."  This is not BigBlueButton's issue either, but SFCC since
they choose to use the community server instead of having built their own.

So ... back to work for me ... anyone interested in teaming up on a
community driven BigBlueButton server?  I would suspect 64GB RAM, 4TB
hard drive should be plenty beefy!  Let me know or reach out please. 
This will be my last post about this matter.


On 4/24/20 12:10 PM, Jonathan Haack wrote:
> Good update on this ... I attended the Faculty Senate meeting today
> and turns out that BigBlueButton was quietly turned on in Canvas at
> our site about 4 years ago but information was slow in getting out! 
> Problem solved ...
> On 4/23/20 9:48 AM, Jonathan Haack wrote:
>> 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:
>> https://docs.bigbluebutton.org/2.2/install.html#minimum-server-requirements
>> Of course, this project is FLOSS or I would not share it (LGPL
>> licensed): https://bigbluebutton.org/open-source-license/
>> 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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