in order to keep RIOT's development community synchronized, discuss the latest
changes, new features, and the long-term strategy, we will setup a new meeting
on a regular basis. I propose to start with a biweekly rhythm and maybe adjust
this if necessary. To give all the RIOTers around the world the opportunity to
participate, the meeting will happen as a virtual event using a web
conferencing tool. After a first evaluation of available tools that are free
of charge, I found TeamViewer  to be a good solution. If someone knows
something better, we might change this for later meetings.
As a date for the meeting I propose Monday, 4pm CE(S)T starting on October 20.
If this date turns out to be inconvenient for some people, we could probably
switch to another date in the long-term.
I’m fine with whatever as long as whatever is settled on runs natively under Linux (Android would be great as well). I’ve heard that WebEx quite good but, unfortunately, it’s not free. An open source solution would be ideal but I don’t know of anything that has feature parity with TeamViewer.
A regular meeting would be wonderful, especially for those of us in other time zones. While I may not be a contributor (yet), I’d really like to keep up on RIOT. I hope to use it in a side project that I hope to become my primary project soon. Speaking of time zones, CST, is that UTC+01:00?
eXo and BigBlueButton look promising. eXo looks like quite nice but it might be a bit of an undertaking to host (I’d offer to host it but I don’t have the bandwidth at the moment). BigBlueButton seems to be geared towards online learning but still a possibility. Openmeetings and WebHuddle appear to be Java based which is not my first choice; eXo and BigBlueButton look to be WebRTC based which is a plus in my book.
One thing that I personally would really like to see, is a solution that allows for the recording of meetings. Meeting minutes are nice but sometimes it’s nice to see the meeting exactly as it happened.
I’m sorry that I keep replying to myself but I wanted to point out that there are Dockerized versions of eXo, BigBlueButton, and Openmeetings available. The eXo image appears to be from eXo and officially supported, BigBlueButton and Openmeetings on the other hand look like community creations.
A regular meeting would be wonderful, especially for those of us in
other time zones. While I may not be a contributor (yet), I'd really like
to keep up on RIOT. I hope to use it in a side project that I hope to
become my primary project soon. Speaking of time zones, CST, is
CEST is Central European Summer Time, so it is UTC+02:00, but next sunday
(that is October 26th) we'll switch back to winter time (CST aka
UTC+01:00), at least in Germany.
Oops I screwed up: CST is UTC-05:00 (somewhere in the US): CET was what I
I did look for some additional alternatives and stumbled upon these WebRTCprojects.
I think you can set up some pretty professional environment with this but
the entry level seems pretty high to set up the central instance.
Could be used for a first iteration out of the box. Since it is open source it
might make sense to host an own instance if it works.
Offers a low entry level as palava.tv but is not open source and claims
to be restricted to 8 persons due to bandwidth constraints. Couldn’t test
if you switch off video more people could join.
… I most probably missed one service or another, these popped up in
big numbers lately.
I think these offer an interesting approach. You don’t need any extra software
(only a decently modern browser) and are built on open standards.
Sorry for the flip-flopping and the technical problems! (For those who didn't
or couldn't attend: TeamViewer turned out to be a very bad choice and we
finally reverted to Skype - which went surprisingly well this time.)
Installing some tool like eXo on a server with sufficient bandwidth shouldn’t
be a problem from my side. I’ll try to install and test it this week
If you’re at all familiar with Docker I highly recommend taking a look that the Dockerized version of eXo. I pulled it and had a running instance that included eXo, eXo Chat, Oracle’s JDK, and MongoDB all configured and ready to configure and create users in about five minutes.
Did you reach any conclusion from this dudle yet? (i.e. will there be a meeting today?)
Sorry that I missed to announce that: the poll indicates that we'll have the
meeting tomorrow at 5pm CET. I can see that this date doesn't fit for you, but
I hope we can find a convenient date for you the next time.
Concerning the video conferencing tool, we decided to use PlaceCam by
daviko. Hauke or I will send around an invitation link which includes a
link to download the tool. Unfortunately, for now, Linux users have to
download and install the tool beforehand from the daviko web page.