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I am looking at running virtual classroom sessions over the web. The thing is I need the following to be satisfied:

  1. I use Ubuntu and my students may use anything

  2. Ideally this is browser-driven but not a requirement.

  3. It should have a whiteboard, audio (video is a plus)

  4. I will need the students to see my GEdit and browser screens as I type.

I've already seen one called but this is only for Windows.

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I've played around with Big Blue Button in the past. It's open-source web-based designed for distance learning (although I was testing for my company). It has video, whiteboard, desktop sharing, audio, chat and is under pretty steady development.

The problems I had were mostly bandwidth. You can build and deploy your own server but you'll need a good chunk of bandwidth to make it work well with lots of participants. Also, if you don't have a static IP you'll run into issues with the way the system works. It can run with Dynamic IP as I recall, but it takes some juggling.

Edit: It also has no front end, you'll need Moodle or something like it to set up meetings and invite participants.

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