Conducting Virtual Meetings with Linux, Part I - page 5
Online Conferencing on the Cheap
For convenience I like to run the browser in its own workspace (on Icewm) and the Xmms and Xchat in another workspace. That way I can just flip back and forth to either look at a web site or type in a comment. You can use the virtual desktops in other desktop environments for the same effect. You should arrange your windows and applications to suit your style. Once you've set up Xmms you really don't need to do much with it.
As you can see, setting up the client side of a virtual meeting in Linux is pretty easy. To give you a chance to test this out, the Melbourne LUG has extended an open invitation for readers to come and visit their meetings. The meetings typically start at 8:00 PM EST on Tuesdays, but 7:00 PM EST on the first Tuesday of the month. See the Melbourne LUG web page for scheduling information.
Once you see how easy this technology can be used to conduct virtual meetings, you will easily be able to apply it to conducting online get-togethers and conferences for your organization or business. The possibilities are boundless.
In Part II of this series, I'll demonstrate how to set up the server side of the equation and how fast you can set up your own streaming audio server and IRC channel.
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