A lot of ppl complain that Linux lacks software. This
true for the big commercial stuff like CAD and (to a lessening
degree) even Office, but it is definitely not true for all the
small tools you need in your everyday computer life.
Agreed. Still, I have a "Linux (allegedly) lacks software" question,
The institution where I work issues to its workers laptops equipped with
'Doze, webcams, and recent, commercial versions of CUseeme. (You may
remember that CU stands for Cornell University and that this was once
freeware; the commercial developers have recently been fiddling with its
name, calling it "Meeting Point", "Click to Meet", etc.) Nobody
uses CUseeme (yet) because nobody else uses it (yet). Me, I don't use it
as I turned down the offer of laptop/webcam/CUseeme, don't much want to
squint at little pictures of other people talking, and don't want other
people looking at me; however, I am slightly responsible for knowing
what's going on -- and I'm lost. I get the impression that in the
Windows and Mac worlds, "videoconferencing software" has been eclipsed
by freebies such as Yahoo/M$ Messenger, and that these programs are
mutually incompatible. As for Linux, I found old references to a
CUseeme-compatible program called Qseeme, and after a long search even
located and downloaded a copy. But it no longer seems to be under
development. I may be less competent at websearches than I realize, but
anyway my searches for info come up with nothing more helpful than porno
sites and extraordinarily uninformative sites waffling opaquely about
"corporate solutions". Can anyone give me an URL or two about
non-proprietary videoconferencing, or does such a beast just not exist?
Irrelevantly to the above, a token M$ quibble:
After a clean M$-Installation, you need to start
for all the tools and install them separately.
But if it isn't your first M$ installation and you have a clue, you'll
have done something like burnt ZIP files of the good stuff (and some
configuration files) onto a CD-R, and will be able to install from
there. Not a piece of cake, but not that agonizing either.