Jitsi Meet is our videocall and conference tool. Jitsi is an open source project that allows us to deploy secure video conferencing solutions. At the heart of Jitsi are Jitsi Videobridge and Jitsi Meet, which lets us have conferences on the internet, while other projects in the community enable other features such as audio, dial-in, recording, and simulcasting.
Using Jitsi Meet
- Jitsi Meet can be reached on ‘meet.publiccode.net’.
- All team members can create rooms. The link to the room can be shared publicly or secretly, depending on the purpose of the meeting.
- The first person to create a room or enters an existing room is the host and is required to authenticate by entering their log-in credentials.
- Guests can join the meeting when the have the link. As an extra security measure a password can be added to the room, so guests also need the password next to the meeting link.
Jitsi Meet for our community
We also have a Jitsi instance running for our community on ‘meet.community.publiccode.net’. Users can sign up for an account so they can host meetings themselves. We have a user and administrator guide available.
Jitsi is running on a VPS with 8 GB of RAM for resilience and scalability. The VPS is maintained by the operations coordinator who also takes care of user administration and customizations.
SSH keys are needed to perform updates, as one needs to access the machines as root. Log into the machine via the command line with:
Jitsi internal: ssh firstname.lastname@example.org
Jitsi community: ssh email@example.com
The following commands perform general updates and upgrades:
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
When that is ready the following commands need to be applied to reboot the machine:
sudo systemctl restart prosody.service
sudo systemctl restart jicofo.service
sudo systemctl restart jitsi-videobridge2.service
If you need to make tweaks to the configuration files, then these can be accessed via:
sudo nano /etc/jitsi/meet/meet.publiccode.net-config.js
sudo nano /etc/jitsi/jicofo/sip-communicator.properties
sudo nano /etc/prosody/conf.avail/meet.publiccode.net.cfg.lua
sudo prosodyctl register user meet.publiccode.net password
sudo nano /usr/share/jitsi-meet/interface_config.js
Prosody is used for creating and managing user accounts.
ls -l /var/lib/prosody/*/accounts/*
Privacy and GDPR
8x8’s Privacy Supplement describes what personal information 8×8 processes for the meet.jit.si video meeting service and why.
We believe use of Jitsi Meet has no GDPR implications.