Paul Sutton

BigBlueButton

Testing Big blue button July 2022

I am involved in helping to test big blue button. I just noticed something odd, if I use the custom layout from the “Layout Settings Modal” option, then I can also see propagate layout.

With the other options the propagate option doesn't appear.

Not too sure if this is a bug or it is meant to happen. I have made this Vokoscreen video to try and illustrate. It also makes it easier to share what the issue seems to be.

This is happening on a recent beta build, installed on the Faircam server.

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#BigBlueButton,#Beta,#Alpha,#Testing,#BugTracking,#Video,#Conference, #Education

Software Testing

Big Blue Button and Overleaf Testing

I am currently involved in testing various software resources, this include Big Blue Button and Overleaf.

Big Blue Button Testing

The instance of BBB I am using is hosted by Faircam, we have access to both the current stable release,but also the alpha release. This allows for testing of the software. I am part of the BBB developer google group, so can report issues and have just joined the Users' list to discuss there too.

Overleaf Online LaTeX Editor testing

With Overleaf, users are given access to new features to try out, so right now they are introducing a new editor, so the options are the Beta editor, Normal editor and the usual Rich text editor. As I prefer to just write in LaTeX, then I am using the normal editor, but also switching between that and the new test editor and can fill in a simple online form to give feedback on new features.

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#BigBlueButton,#Overleaf,#Software,#Testing

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BigBlueButton 2.5.0-beta.1 released!

Just sharing this announcement

We are pleased to announce BigBlueButton 2.5.0-beta.1!

This beta iteration of BigBlueButton 2.5 includes some packaging and configuration improvements and several fixes. It also includes an upgrade of Tomcat to mitigate any danger of Spring Framework Remote Code Execution (CVE-2022-22965) by upgrading Tomcat**

Note that BBB 2.3.x and BBB 2.4.x (the maintained versions) are safe, see #14719

At this point we're “feature complete” for BBB 2.5.x Switching to “beta” to iterate with increased focus on testing and clean up bugs. Development is moved on to the next release, BBB 2.6, with pull requests targeting branch 'develop' until we branch out into 'v2.6.x-release' when it's time for 2.6.0-alpha.1

Note that it runs on Ubuntu Focal (20.04). If you have a BigBlueButton version earlier than alpha.5, please check the alpha.5 release notes as they contain imporant information on upgrading.

The full release notes can be found on https://github.com/bigbluebutton/bigbluebutton/releases/tag/v2.5.0-beta.1

To try out 2.5.0-beta.1, visit * https://test25.bigbluebutton.org/

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#BigBlueButton.#Beta2.5.0,#Release

Big Blue Button 2.4 testing

I am in the process of helping to test Big Blue Button 2.4

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This is going well and the improvements from 2.3 are welcome.

The faircam server will soon be running 2.4 once it is out of beta / testing and the test server will move to run the 2.5 beta / testing software.

It is quite nice when you find a problem and are able to report it, gives you a good feeling you have made a contribution to a wider project that is used all over the world.

I have actually made a suggestion on the developer forum for a feature that would be useful. So as with finding problems, making feature requests is also really good.

In most cases one of the the BEST thing you can do, is to let the developers know that the software works. I think this often gets overlooked, developers are human after all.

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#BigBlueButton,#OpenSource,#Education,#Video,#Conference

South Devon Tech Jam May 2021

South Devon Tech Jam

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Date Saturday 8th May 2021 Time 11am –> 14:00

Free signup via meetup

Or if you prefer not to use meetup then you can e-mail info AT sdtj DOT org DOT uk for more information.

This is a virtual event, and will be hosted on a EU/UK based instance of Big Blue Button. Link and information will be sent out to attendees.

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#SouthDevonTechJam,#Event,#Virtual, #TechJam,#STEM,#Computing,#Engineering,#BigBlueButton,#YearOfTheFediverse,

CONNECTING TO THE SOUTH DEVON TECH JAM MEETING

I have made a new blog post with instructions to help people connect. This can be found here

TEST LOGIN

There is a TEST LOGIN here which may be useful to help test your set up works ok. THIS IS NOT THE MEETING LINK

South Devon Tech Jam

South Devon Tech Jam

Date Saturday 10th April 2021 Time 11am –> 14:00

Free Signup via meet up

Or if you prefer not to use meetup then you can e-mail info AT sdtj DOT org DOT uk for more information.

This is a virtual event, and will be hosted on a EU/UK based instance of Big Blue Button. Link and information will be sent out to attendees.

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South Devon Tech Jam

South Devon Tech Jam

Date Saturday 13th March 2021 Time 11am –> 14:00

Free Signup via meetup

More info : info @ sdtj . org .uk

This is a virtual event, and will be hosted on a EU/UK based instance of Big Blue Button. Link and information will be sent out to attendees.

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#SouthDevonTechJam,#Event,#Virtual, #TechJam,#STEM,#Computing,#Engineering,#BigBlueButton,#YearOfTheFediverse,

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Sharing video from Nextcloud to Big Blue Button

Big Blue Button is designed to be a teaching platform, allowing the sharing of video for use in presentations. The following is a run through on how to share a video stored on NextCloud with your room on Big Blue Button.

  • Login to Next Cloud and Big Blue Button
  • Locate your video on Next cloud
  • You may have to convert to mp4 (next cloud has an option for this)

You then need to share the link to the file but add /download?.mp4 to the end.

In this example I am sharing PeertubeLogin.mp4. To make things easier I have added a file with the links in

  • So in this case I have share url (which is copied) as illustrated

https://nc.phillw.org/index.php/s/ZnayrwAS5GA75cf

  • add /download?.mp4

Which makes

https://nc.phillw.org/index.php/s/ZnayrwAS5GA75cf/download?.mp4

  • Share the above on Big Blue Button as illustrated in the video (hopefully)

It may seem complex but once you have done this a few times, you get used to it, If you then have a text file (so links are not clickable) you will find it easier to copy / paste the url to the video.

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#BigBlueButton,#NextCloud

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Emacs Conference 2020 Writeup

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This years Emacs Conference [1] took place on the weekend of 28th and 29th November. This is the online conference aimed at users of the stalwart text editor which is described as “An extensible, customizable, free/libre text editor” [2]

Emacs Terminal

Emacsconf this year had users from all different backgrounds, who use Emacs for a range of applications from basic text editing, writing documents in LaTeX, HTML or Markdown. Emacs is also popular with programmers and developers working on their latest project(s), but can also handle reading / writing email, chat, debugging software, and also has a built in calender and organiser to help you keep track of what you are doing. All this from a single interface.

Emacs GUI

Emacs is free software, and released under the GNU license, so has the usual 4 freedoms of use, study, share and modify. The more accurate name is therefore GNU / Emacs.

Talks this year were presented with Big Blue button [5] and live streamed with gstreamer [4] and other tools. This combination worked really well.

Talks were either longer with time for questions and answers or shorter lightning talks on quick subjects. Attendees could add their questions to a collaborative text pad, that everyone had access to. There was a big social presence using IRC (chat) [3] which was active during the conference.

Topics included development updates, a new users viewpoint, writing novels, Music and quite a few on Org Mode which is used for creating task lists and much more. Emacs, has a steep learning curve, but is very powerful and flexible to use. I am still learning the basics.

All talks are available to view here

  1. https://emacsconf.org/
  2. https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/
  3. https://webchat.freenode.net/ #emacsconf
  4. https://gstreamer.freedesktop.org/
  5. https://bigbluebutton.org/

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Emacs Conference 2020 Videos

Following EmacsConf 2020, all the talk videos have been processed and are now up to watch here.

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