[Ofa_boardplus] Update: OFA TPC Meeting

Jason Gunthorpe jgunthorpe at obsidianresearch.com
Mon Nov 7 15:13:23 PST 2016

Hi Jim,

Some thoughts on OFA conferencing.

My personal preference right now is Google Hangouts. This is mostly
because Google has open sourced and bundled the client side into
Google Chrome so it works on every OS out of the box. But it is nice
to use and screenshares well.

Citrix Go-To-Meeting is my next preference because they have a HTML 5
web client that works basically universally on Google Chrome. Paid
options have a traditional POTS call in option as well as a Windows
App client for users that cannot use Chrome.

Cisco WebEx is a distant third. I have yet to see a HTML 5 version of
this (they still use Java, ugh), so it never works reliably for me on
Linux - but their mobile app is quite reasonable.

I have never had success with Lync. I think a lot of this is because
companies seem to use old versions. Eg Cray is using 2010. But even
today 'Skype for Business' explicitly does not support Linux, so I'd
just as soon avoid it..

For what it is worth, I switched a non-profit board I am on to Google
Apps for non-profit this year and we are very happy. We switched from
Go-To-Meeting to Hangounts quite trivially and the real-time shared
collaboration via Google Docs makes the sort of meeting we had today
very smooth. Google Apps is free for US 501(c)(3) non-profits.

(I guess they call it G Suite now)


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