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LinuxPlanet: Conducting Virtual Meetings With Linux, Part II

Jun 10, 2002, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In Part 1 of 'Conducting Virtual Meetings with Linux,' I showed how you can join a Linux User Group meeting as a 'virtual' guest by way of streaming audio and an IRC session. This article discusses how the host or server side of a meeting is handled. The technology might be applicable if you want to present on-line seminars, offer distance learning, host corporate meetings or as an added audience-focused dimension to your Internet radio talk shows.

"Streaming audio and chat/IRC are a great middle ground alternative to the hassle of attending a distant meeting in-person and the high cost of current video conferencing solutions. The IRC portion promotes interaction between the online participants and can be a great way to exchange ideas. The host and client sides are fairly easy to implement, although there are a lot of steps needed to make it work. Once you've tried it out, you'll wonder why you didn't use the technology sooner..."

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