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Video conference apts. or websites?

Link to this post 11 Feb 12


Just our of curiosity, which is better for video conferences with more than 2 people? Skype for Linux doesn't have this feature, nor does Egika. Are there any apts that do and can be used with Ubuntu 11.10, wirhout any problems or tweaking? Basically, both the microphone and webcam work on my distribution, so I don't really think it is necessary to mess with them. Or would any of the many websites that provide video conferencing be better? These don't rely on any specific OS. If so, which one?

My 2 sons are in the UK and I'm in Greece. We all use Linux,and Skype.. but I can only talk with both of them, not see them. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


Link to this post 12 Feb 12

The moderators have used Google hangouts and/or Google Video chat in the past and it has worked great. I've seen posts in Google+ about European TV stations using the Hangout feature and I'm wondering if that may be your answer. I've yet to do a hangout across the ocean, so I'm not sure if it's available everywhere, but, it may be worth looking into.

Link to this post 12 Feb 12

I do believe Hangouts and Video Chat are available in Europe ( I've also seen various people talking about it ).

They do work pretty well and as a bonus you can log into them with most Android handsets with front facing cameras.

Link to this post 13 Feb 12

Thanks, I'll give it a try. That it also works with Android is good, because my youngest son can use it on his iphone.

Link to this post 13 Feb 12

I'm yet to try Google+ hangouts. Unfortunately when the guys here at tried it I couldn't assist due to time differences! :(

Estelle, keep us posted on how it worked!


Link to this post 13 Feb 12

I have installed it on my laptop- no problem. So it is available here in Greece. I hope to be able to use it when doing an online language exchange with someone in Germany in a couple of weeks. Will let everybody know how it turns out. Thanks again for your help.

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