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If you are looking for an alternative to commercial videoconferencing platforms, Jitsi offers an open source solution that lets you build and deploy online videoconferences.

Halfway through a phone conversation amid the doom and gloom of the global pandemic, someone complained about commercial online videoconferencing services creaking at the seams due to the massive increase in demand.

This led me to think about open source video conferencing options. After a little bit of reading, I discovered Jitsi [1], a truly impressive open source project for building and deploying secure videoconference services. Jitsi, courtesy of 8x8 Inc. [2], has an Apache2 license and includes Jitsi Meet [3], a free video conferencing platform, and Jitsi VideoBridge, a Selective Forwarding Unit (SFU) that powers multiperson videoconferencing. For an overview of the project, visit their website [4] or check out their GitHub page [5].

Jitsi offers secure and scalable videoconferences, either as a standalone app or embedded into your own web application. Jitsi has been around since 2003 in one incarnation or another, with continual fine tuning over recent years.

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