[Semibug] Zoom or Jitsi Meetings?

Jonathan Drews jdrews at mail.com
Thu May 27 21:16:48 EDT 2021

On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 10:08:13AM -0600, Jonathan Drews wrote:

Hi Folks:

 I am still having problems getting the microphone and speakers to
work in OpenBSD. I tested Google Meet and it has the same problem as
Jitsi. Namely the Video works but the microphone and speakers do not
work when running either of these services. With Google Meet, I can
click on the the 3 dots (...) to get to settings, when running Meet
in Firefox (The 3 dots are in the Google Meet program itself)  and I
see the speakers and microphone are blocked. After a few seconds
they are active and the speaker can  play it's test sound. Very

I have a similar problem in OpenSUSE. No sound when I speak in the
microphone but the C;osed Captioning transcribes what I speak. II'll
continue to work on this and hopefully we can get virtual meetings.

 I will say my other UNIX group, SLUUG, has Jitsi working fine. and
I am able to participate in meetings with full audio and video in
Linux. I'll try and get hold of those people and get some help.

> Hi Folks:
>  I spent the early morning hours experimenting with online meeting
> software. The one that I can get to work on OpenBSD is Jitsi. Here
> is the website:    http://https://meet.jit.si
>  To enable my webcam, I followed the instructions for
> /usr/local/share/doc/pkg-readmes/firefox-esr on my OpenBSD. The
> relevant section is:
> For WebRTC to work properly, you need to enable audio recording:
> # sysctl kern.audio.record=1
> You will also need to change the ownership and/or permissions of the
> relevant video(4) device so that your user can access the webcam
> device e.g.:
> # chown youruser /dev/video0
> I did not chown video0. Instead I added myself to group wheel (that
> is the group for /dev/video0) and did
> # chmod g+rw /dev/video0
> I added:
> kern.audio.record=1
> kern.video.record=1
> to /etc/sysctl.conf (file is in /etc/examples)
> and
> record.adc-0:1=240,240
> record.adc-0:1_source=mic
> record.enable=on
> to /etc/mixerctl.conf (file is in /etc/examples)
> The good news is that video is working. The bad news is that I can't
> seem to get my microphone to work. mixerctl -av lists a huge number
> of switches. When I run Jitsi, it flashes a notice that say my
> microphone is working. However I can't get any sound. I know my
> speajers are working because ican play *mpg audio files with mpg123.
> The relevant OpenBSD page on Multimedia is:
> https://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq13.html#enablerec
> So I have everything working except the microphone. I will continue
> to look into this but I need to get some rest.
> > On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 05:52:50AM -0400, Matt Parnell wrote:
> > > I guess one could also ask - are we ready to plan on resuming normal meetings?  Maybe later this summer?  I suppose a lot depends on when our venue will allow visitors again.
> > >
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