"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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