Some of my co-workers have been using the Zoom Conferencing Service. Unfortunately, they haven’t had a Linux client. That means that I’ve had to start a Windows virtual machine for each meeting. If I want to share anything on my desktop, I’ve got to get it on my VM.
Well, today, I was given access to the Linux beta client. It took several emails. Apparently, I’m not the only one wanting a conferencing solution for Linux.
I followed the directions from Zoom Support.
Here are my notes…
Step 1: Downloaded
I assume that Zoom.us does not want the download link listed in public. You’ll have to request it from Zoom support until they go into public Beta.
Step 2: Dependencies
The directions list a number of dependencies that you need to install. I picked the one for Ubuntu 14.04.
sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-0:i386 \ libgles2-mesa:i386 \ libegl1-mesa:i386 \ libxcb-shape0:i386 \ libxcb-shm0:i386 \ libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 \ libxi6:i386 libsm6:i386 \ libfontconfig1:i386 \ libxrender1:i386 \ libpulse0:i386 \ libxcomposite1:i386 \ libxslt1.1:i386 \ libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0:i386 \ libssl1.0.0:i386
Step 3: Installer
Instead of extracting into the /tmp folder, I just extracted it right into the ~/Downloads folder:
tar -xzvf ZoomInstaller_amd64.tar.gz
Then, I ran it with:
Step 4: Change the Log Level
The instructions say to change the log level. You can’t do that until after you have run it once.
Then, I could edit the config file:
The log level option was already set to “info”, so I didn’t make any changes.
Step 5: Shortcut
Finally, I used the menu editor to create a shortcut to ~/Zoom/zoom.sh.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to use it in a meeting. I’ll have to report back when I get to that point.