Webex in Ubuntu 8.10

I can’t get WebEx to work with my new Ubuntu 8.10 installation.  It just gets stuck at this screen and does nothing:


If you get it to work, please comment any tips.  You can try with this link:


13 thoughts on “Webex in Ubuntu 8.10

  1. I tried Yugma, and it looks like a nice product. It does look like it requires a monthly fee if you want to give control of your desktop or get control of another person’s desktop. My problem is that my company has already purchased a WebEx account, and I don’t want to pay for another service.

    I did find a post that helped finally!

    The answer was to install ubuntu-restricted-extras —
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

  2. Hi

    I had the same problem and ubuntu-resctricted-extras fixed it for me.

    Now I can join a meeting but I can not see shared applications, only shared documents. Shared application only opens a solid black window. Tested with two Ubuntu 8.10 machines, both gives the same result.

    Any ideas?

    1. Dave,

      Thanks for the comment. It is great to know someone else out there is going through the same thing.

      On the shared applications, I haven’t tried that. We always just share the desktop. I used the shared desktop the other day and it worked with no problem. I will keep an eye out for solutions though.

  3. I am having the same issue with ubuntu 8.10, firefox 3.0.6. I get the screen you show with the initial posting.
    …and ubuntu-restricted-extras did not do the trick for me.
    I look forward to tracking this for a solution.

  4. awoods,

    Take a look at this older post and see if it helps:

    Also, make sure that you have java installed. Here are the packages that I have installed:
    $ dpkg –get-selections | grep -i java
    java-common install
    libbackport-util-concurrent-java install
    libcommons-beanutils-java install
    libcommons-codec-java install
    libcommons-collections3-java install
    libcommons-digester-java install
    libcommons-logging-java install
    libdb-je-java install
    libdb4.5-java install
    libdb4.5-java-gcj install
    libdom4j-java install
    libjaxen-java install
    libjaxme-java install
    libjaxp1.3-java install
    libjaxp1.3-java-gcj install
    libjdom1-java install
    libjline-java install
    libjtidy-java install
    liblog4j1.2-java install
    liblog4j1.2-java-gcj install
    liblucene2-java install
    libregexp-java install
    libsaxonb-java install
    libservlet2.3-java install
    libxerces2-java install
    libxerces2-java-gcj install
    libxom-java install
    libxpp2-java install
    libxpp3-java install
    openoffice.org-java-common install
    sun-java6-bin install
    sun-java6-jdk install
    sun-java6-jre install
    sun-java6-plugin install
    sun-java6-source install

  5. I got it working
    had to install:


    Some folks talked about exporing the java home and path, but that didn’t make a differnce for me.

  6. Thanks for the hints/help, Nate and digitaleagle.
    The missing piece for me was:

    sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

    Works like a charm now.

  7. Worked for me too after installing
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

    I have Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) and Firefox 3.0.10

  8. Hi,

    Worked for me …
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
    on MacBook 2,1 & Interpid 8.10
    Don’t have to boot MacOS X when meeting approaches!

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