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Open source / FLOSS tool for online collaboration

Aalto Media Lab students are awesome.

Now they have collected a list of open source / FLOSS tools for online collaboration during the pandemic. The original file is in the Wikimedia’s etherpad. I don’t want to share the link to that collaboratively editable file, but I copied here the content as it was on Tuesday 9th at 11.30 AM.

When you see our students, say “Hi” and “Thank you!”


  • Jitsi Meet ( free, no limit on participants, browser-based (which means nothing to install for any participants) (but bugs a bit if you are many)
  • simple, FLOSS videochat 

– not libre:

  • – limited to 4 people unless you pay for a pro account (ca. $10); browser-based; not FLOSS

What one-to-many streaming services are available?

  • – helen has tried to use this in the past without success
  • Open Streaming Platform (OSP) is an open-source, RTMP streamer software front-end for Arut’s Nginx-RTMP Module.  OSP was designed as a self-hosted alternative to services such as,, Mixer, and Youtube Live.

VIDEO hosting:

  • PeerTube aspires to be a decentralized and free/libre alternative to video broadcasting services. (FLOSS and free and federated) 


  • XMPP – an open protocol with numerous implementations, including :
  • The Wire – is an encrypted communication and collaboration app available for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, Linux, and web browsers such as Firefox. Wire offers a collaboration suite featuring messenger, voice calls, video calls, conference calls, file-sharing, and external collaboration –all protected by a secure end-to-end-encryption. Free for personal use. Open source. You need to create an account with an email address.


Alternative social networks

  • WeDistribute “a publication dedicated to Free Software, decentralized communication technologies, and sustainability” –




  • UpStage – – real-time collaborative manipulation of digital media (images, animations, audio, live streams, text etc) along with a text chat – for creative play, improvisations, performances & presentations; email info [@] if you would like a guest log-in. we are holding events during the pandemic.

routing a DAW into video streamingvia @ahihih
Music Hackspace @MusicHackspaceWe have a new forum! Join the discussion atonline-tools-for-the-pandemic | Etherpad
Ubuntu Studio is a free and open source operating system, and an official flavor of Ubuntu. Ubuntu Studio is the most widely used multimedia-orientated operating system in the world. It comes preinstalled with a selection of the most common free multimedia applications available, and is configured for best performance for various purposes: Audio, Graphics, Video, Photography and Publishing.
Routing computer audio
Game development

Self-hosting (with others)



Sharing is CaringDas COVID19 – Infowiki von mur.at

Document Sharing

  • NextCloud – open source document sharing, alternative for Dropbox, Google Docs, etc. Needs to be hosted on a server. There are some providers, you can sign up for free here: (there are quite a few options, but you will need to check each company individually to know how good they might be) or check with your webhost, e.g. provides NextCloud for its members.

Digital Solidarity Networks

ARTICLESPURISM Our Essential List of Free Software for Remote Work March 25, 2020  Software  FLOSS applications / Software freedom / Tips and tricks
What do feminists have to say on #COVID19. A thread on Resources from (mostly) Global South thinkers.
The Politics of COVID-19, Readings #14The most important contributions on the political, economic, and social effects of the unfolding crisis.

2 replies on “Open source / FLOSS tool for online collaboration”

Teemu, gracias por la información, será muy útil revisarla para ver qué herramientas pueden ser complementarias y se pueden instalar en en la Red Local

Justamente esta semana estamos revisando si podemos cargar en la Red Local la versión descargable de Jitsi Meet Online , necesitamos una versión que se pueda instalar en Windows.

Otro tema que en principio encuentro interesante es el de las apk, hemos encontrado que como en las sedes rurales la gran mayoría de los estudiantes tienen celulares este se ha convertido en el dispositivo con el que se accede la red, hemos cargado en la red algunas apks y han mostrado ser útiles. Estamos tratando de localizar aquellas de uso libre para Androir que puedan apoyar al docente en las áreas rurales.

De nuevo gracias.



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