As noted in January, free software solutions have a role to play in
the current crisis.
Some background is at the bottom of this email.
In Europe, we've already seen broadband networks being overloaded and
some popular meeting services are periodically offline. I've received a
lot of queries from people about how to host their RTC solutions in
their own local facilities for greater resilience.
You can help, here are some ideas but feel free to share your own
- try https://FedRTC.org
- join the FreeRTC discuss list
- help with the packages behind FedRTC.org
(asio and reSIProcate).
reSIProcate needs a review to be updated in Fedora and EPEL
- translate the phone into your language
- help migrate FedRTC.org
off my server to Fedora infrastructure, I
would prefer to focus on development and less hosting. Helping to host
any other solution is good too, for example, Jitsi Meet provides a
Docker image now.
- embed the JSCommunicator into any other web application, CMS plugin
or framework. The DruCall and WPCall for Wordpress examples are
interesting. You can simply clone FedRTC, remove the Fedora logo and
build your own site. It also includes a very simple example of FAS SSO
- try other solutions, for example, Jami is a more decentralized
- help package any other solution that isn't in Fedora yet and share
your work on the FreeRTC list
- share your experiences through your blogs, give feedback to developers
or even send pull requests.
While my personal focus is SIP, I'd also like to highlight the role
played by the XMPP community. Dave Cridland circulated a message
today about the use of XMPP in the UK health service: "If the growth
curve holds, this week will see more messages than the system had last
Background - Short term:
A lot more countries are going into lock-downs this week. Italy has
told businesses to either work from home or shut down. Wuhan has been
in lockdown for about 8 weeks now and it looks like another month at least.
Background - Long term:
Experts are saying that it could be a game of whack-a-mole, chasing
Coronavirus around the globe for 12 months or more. After the 3-4
months of lockdowns, countries will not want regressions and they may
continue with severe border restrictions and limits on aviation. It
might be a full 12 months before any large international events can take