Today, I will be reviewing Jitsi, the most innovative open source video conferencing community - as the homepage of the project describes it.
A little background
Jitsi started in the year 2003 as a college project and has grown ever since. In the year 2015, Atlassian acquired it, making a long-term investment in keeping Jitsi open source, community-based and pushing the envelope of great video conferences. (Source).
Jitsi supports multiple operating systems, including Windows as well as Unix-like systems such as Linux, Mac OS X and BSD. "Beta" packages built for Android are available. It also has a web platform for browser access.
Jitsi can be installed either using the RPM package available on the Jitsi Downloads page or through their own RPM repositories which can be found on the website.
Here's why I think Jitsi is great for the classroom program:
Jitsi is free and open sourced and is entirely a community driven project.
Jitsi does not have a limit on the number of participants that can join a meeting. However, the screen starts to clutter up as the number of participants go up (who have their videos turned on). Jitsi can easily handle up to 50 members which is large enough for Fedora classroom.
Jitsi has all the features that are expected out of an online meeting platform and more. Jitsi has screen sharing feature, enabled using a browser plugin for browsers. Screen sharing comes inbuilt on the desktop versions of the app. It can also do a live telecast which can be also live telecasted on YouTube. Jitsi is fully compatible with WebRTC.
Jitsi is not a self-hosted service so there won't be any need for an additional server to host the server. All the connections go through Jitsi servers and connections are encrypted from the client to server.
Jitsi does not require a special account for joining a meet *(one password less to remember).
Although Jitsi does not have an inbuilt method to record sessions, it does provide an official plugin called jibri which can be used to broadcast or record sessions.
Jitsi also has integrated chat within the interface which can be used for Q-A sessions if audio/video is not available.
Jitsi has a really nice, sleek interface which is a huge bonus :)
Overall, I think Jitsi is an awesome platform to collaborate on. Go Jitsi!