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WebEX Virtual Meeting and Debian 7.4

The academic laptop 2.0 runs on Debian 7.4 (Wheezy).  Until now I only used one non-FOSS  software package, Flashplayer. Pipelight handles any Microsoft Silverlight requirements needed for video viewing on the University site.   WebEx is a virtual meeting software platform used in many Universities. I need to use WebEx for my studies.

Java is a requirement of WebEx, so I installed Java 7 via repository.  I visited the WebEx test site, ran a test and it seemed I was able to participate in virtual WebEx meetings.  On the day of my last meeting I was not allowed to participate with my laptop, I used my phone.

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No WebEx  :(

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I needed to install a Microsoft msi plugin.  I downloaded WINE and attempted an install the day of the meeting, however I was unsuccessful. Upon my second attempt I was ale to install the plugin.  The steps follow….

1. Open the windows file with WINE. (WINE is in the Debian software repository, you may access it with Synaptic)

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WARNING:  Do not select the Launch Powerpoint option, an explanation follows…

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2. Accept License

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3. Choose the install

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My first attempt to install the software failed, in review this is the step Linux users need to customise.  As opposed to continuing this reflection with steps that will end in failure……image

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We will continue with the correct steps.

4.  Choose the custom install

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5. Deselect the Microsoft Powerpoint option.  

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WebEX wants to connect with Microsoft Powerpoint software.  I use LireOffice Impress as it is FOSS.  

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6. At this step change the install location, I chose my home folder..image

The ‘C’ will remain in the file tree, however your linux system files will follow after the C….

7. Continue and install

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8. If the installation is successful the Microsoft wizard will quit.  You will see the windows file saved in your chosen folder, I chose my home folder.

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