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LinuxPlanet: Conducting Virtual Meetings with Linux, Part I

May 14, 2002, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)
"With the increased hassles of traveling in these times, businesses are constantly searching for alternative methods of getting their far-flung employees, partners, and clients all working together at once. Conference calls are okay, but these virtual meetings can be time-consuming and confusing, as you try to figure out who said what.

"Online video conferencing is a very good way to go, except it's expensive and you need to set up hardware on several machines, since most PCs don't come equipped with cameras or microphones.

"There is a middle alternative, that has the benefits of video conferencing without all of the confusion of a conference phone call. By using streaming audio broadcasts and chat/IRC technology combined, you can cheaply and easily set up your own online meetings.

"Keep in mind that while I am using the Melbourne LUG as an example, you can easily apply this scenario to many applications: non-profit conferences, distance learning, and imprompteau corporate meetings are just a few examples..."

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