Introduction to BigBlueButtonDru LavigneCommunity Manager, PC-BSD ProjectNYCBUG, March 2, 2011
This presentation will discuss:The origins of BigBlueButtonBigBlueButtons components and featuresInstallationDemo of useHow you can help
OriginsEducational Development Center atCarleton University (Ottawa) was expandingits distance education programExisting proprietary solution cost ~$3000per month in licensing fees and did notmeet all of their needsSCE department head was open sourcesavvy and knew that components existed--what was needed was the “glue” to createan integrated solution
OriginsFunding was obtained from the Ministry ofResearch and Innovation to create thesolution, initially dubbed TFN-100First class to use the solution was 09/2007Spun out as a LGPL licensed open sourceproject (BigBlueButton) and a commercialsupport company (Blindside Networks) in03/2008
OriginsNow available in 17 languagesUsed by at least 20 companies in Ottawa aswell as many more companies anduniversities across the globe39 active committersOver 750 members on developers list
Open Source ComponentsComprised of 14 components:ActiveMQ, Asterisk, Asterisk-Java, Flex SDK,Ghostscript, Grails, Image Magick, MySQL,Nginx web server, OpenOffice, Red5 flashserver, SWFTools, Tomcat, and Xuggler Javalibrary
Features● server runs natively on Linux and BSD or as VMware image● client is any flash-enabled web browser on any platform● upload and share PDF and PPT presentations● shared whiteboard● live chat (public and private)● shared desktops
Features● can connect through browser or VoIP● raise hand● see all participants that are connected● see and hear other participants through video● see the presenters cursor● moderator can mute or eject users● presenter can share their desktop● moderator can make anyone a presenter
Features● .8 will support record and playback● integrates into Moodle, Drupal, Sakai, TikiWiki, eFront, WordPress, Joomla, RedMine, Foswiki or can run stand-alone● Matterhorn is working on integrationhttp://opencast.jira.com/wiki/display/MH/Personal+Lecture+Capture+with+Big+Blue+Button
InstallationInstructions for FreeBSD port are here:http://code.google.com/p/bigbluebutton/wiki/InstallingBigBlueButtonFreeBSDInstructions will be updated as package, PBIand others become available (e.g. pkgsrc?)
DemoBigBlueButton project provides one here: http://demo.bigbluebutton.orgThis presentation will use a temporarydemo here: 220.127.116.11
How you can helpTry it out to see if it can act as areplacement for a current proprietarysolution or to augment your organizationscollaborative communicationsPort to pkgsrc, OpenBSDGive feedback on scalability or tuningLet us know who is using it
Additional ResourcesProject website:http://www.bigbluebutton.orgSupport: http://www.blindsidenetworks.comInstallation on FreeBSD/PC-BSD:http://code.google.com/p/bigbluebutton/wiki/InstallingBigBlueButtonFreeBSD
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