Users who need to communicate by video conference with CERN users have to use Vidyo instead of Seevogh. Vidyo is reported to work on Windows and Ubuntu notebooks or desktops.

Vidyo is working for SL5 and SL6 systems as well. The current version as of Apr 9, 2014 is 3.0.4 (build 001). This version can be installed by users from the Gnome Menu. This version is NOT working for SL5.

The latest version for SL5 as of Jan 24, 2014 is 2.2.1 (build 00420). That package prohibits a central installation on DESY desktops without user interaction (see below). As there are not all features present in 2.2.1 SL5 users are encouraged to upgrade their desktop to SL6. When offered to upgrade the Vidyo Version do never accept it, otherwise your installation will no longer work!

There is an information page at CERN containing news and resources related to Vidyo.

Vidyo installation procedure


Please select from the desktop menu System->Administration->Add/Remove Software.

In the started application enter vidyo in the search field. The package VidyoDesktop should show up. Select the package and press Apply. After some time a window is popping up asking whether you want to run the application. No, you do not want it. Close the two windows.

Testing the setup

Yo can connect to the Test Room at CERN to see whether your setup does work properly.

Configuration options

The default Vidyo installation will start the Vidyo client on login. A running client does show up on the desktop (status bar) as a grey (inactive client) or colored (logged in) cube. A right click lets you reach the configuration panel where you can choose the startup method and there is also the quit entry which ends the client.

Firefox and NoScript

If you are using Firefox with the NoScript extension, the ABE (Application Boundaries Enforcer) will prevent the web site redirection to the Vidyo client. To prevent this, you'll have to add a user defined rule. First, disable the SYSTEM rule, then add the following USER rule:

Accept from LOCAL
Accept GET from

Vidyo (last edited 2016-10-11 09:27:08 by GötzWaschk)