Installing Zoom Client

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:

./ZoomInstaller_3.5.18681.0614_amd64

Zoom Install Start

Zoom Install Finish

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.

~/Zoom/zoom.sh

Zoom Client starting up

Then, I could edit the config file:

gedit ~/.config/zoomus.conf

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.

Adding shortcut for Zoom

 

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.

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