Jitsi Meet is an awesome free software technology for video conferencing. Personally, I am currently testing Jitsi for my online class with my students in Indonesia. You can use Jitsi for either voice or video call with multiple participants online. The great news is that Jitsi Project provides a gratis chatroom at meet.jit.si for everybody so we can create conference room instantly and go talking without setting up any server first. This tutorial explains how to install Jitsi Meet desktop client on Ubuntu & Trisquel, and then quickly create a Jitsi server with that service, and go conferencing.

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Installation


There are 2 options to have Jitsi desktop:

First option:
The easiest one is without installation using Jitsi portable version (AppImage). Download Jitsi AppImage version here > give it Executable permission > double-click it > it runs. I personally use this.

(Jitsi can run as portable application thanks to AppImage format like this)

Second option: 
This one is deb packages from Jitsi Project's repository by APT package manager:
$ wget -qO - https://download.jitsi.org/jitsi-key.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
$ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb https://download.jitsi.org stable/' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jitsi-stable.list
$ sudo apt-get -y update
$ sudo apt-get -y install jitsi-meet


Once installed, you should find Jitsi Meet on your start menu.

Start Conferencing


If you do not have a Jitsi chatroom yet, create it and connect:
  • Run Jitsi Desktop.
  • Type a unique chatroom name like jitsijiujitsu for example.
  • Click GO.
  • You enter a new chatroom located under https://meet.jit.si/jitsijiujitsu according to example
  • Share that link to your friends.
  • Your friend open that link on their browser.
  • You and your friends now can talk each other with audio and/or video.

If you already have a chatroom, simply enter that name into Jitsi Desktop search box, and go.

(Jitsi Meet Desktop portable version running on my KDE Neon 16.04)


Tips

  • Enable or disable video by clicking camera button.
  • Enable or disable voice by clicking microphone button.
  • Stop call by clicking red button.
  • Disable video permanently by stopping any call > click Gear button > enable 'Start with video muted' option.
  • Protect your chatroom with password by clicking ' i ' button > Add Password > type the password > press Enter.
  • Share your screen by pressing the button on left side beside Raise Hand button.


 (Bottom part of Jitsi Meet displays buttons for your activities)


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