Host a GoToMeeting from Linux, now!

Host a GoToMeeting from Linux, now!


Taking a cue from websites like Buzzfeed, I decided to use an eye catching title for this post in order to get your attention.

Disclaimer: Now that I have it, I should come clean and explain this is a work around, as true hosting from Linux is still in the works.

Last year GoToMeeting released their new Web App, a WebRTC based client for attending GoToMeetings that loads directly in Chrome and Firefox. Since it’s release the team have been steadily adding new features in order to bring it in line with the existing desktop software. As I mentioned they are still working on starting/hosting GoToMeetings, but in the meantime if you have a smartphone or tablet you can get around this limitation.

By combining the mobile apps ability to start GoToMeetings and make an attendee the Presenter, and the Web Apps ability to be made Presenter and share your screen.

  • You can start a GoToMeeting on your smartphone, then join from your Linux PC.

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  •  Then make your Linux PC the Presenter for the rest of the meeting!

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  • Click Ask to Switch and they will see the option to share their desktop or the window of any application window that is currently open.

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How to keep someone out of your webinar.

How to keep someone out of your webinar.


Problem:

You’ve scheduled a GoToWebinar where you plan to demonstrate some new product or features that you plan to release in the future.  After posting the registration link for your webinar you realize that someone other than your desired audience has registered (for example someone from a competing company), and you do not want them seeing your demonstration.

So how do you stop them attending when they have already registered?

Solution:

Log into your GoToWebinar account and edit the registration for your scheduled webinar.  Change the registration method to Manual/Upon Approval, after that you can go to your list of registrants and only approve the ones you want and even select to deny the unwanted registrant. 

Mix and match with HDFaces for your perfect meeting.

Mix and match with HDFaces for your perfect meeting.


Like many of you, if I buy something I want to use it the way I want and not just how I’m told.  This plays a big part in my shopping decisions (especially when it comes to technology purchases), and leads to a lot of time spent researching before I buy.  It’s also my inspiration for this post.

If you already use GoToMeeting you will be familiar with it’s features; like built in phone conferencing, the ability to share control of the keyboard and mouse for collaboration, drawing etc.  With the addition of HDFaces you now also have the ability to share up to 6 web cams at a time during your meeting and actually see who is talking.

What you might not know, is that you don’t have to share your screen via GoToMeeting to use HDFaces and the conferencing!  Just start you meeting, join the conference call and share your webcam.  Add on the ability to control the size, shape and location of the HDFaces window and you’re left with plenty of desktop real estate for another application.

If you find that your meetings have a habit of being side tracked and lose focus, you might want to consider combining HDFaces with something like LessMeeting or Minutes.io

Or perhaps you need to take the collaborative drawing a little further with an online whiteboard solution like Dabbleboard, Twiddla or Conceptboard.

Ultimately you can mix and match your HDFaces video conferencing with anything you like!