The latest release of the open classroom favorite is here. BigBlueButton 2.2.35 is ready for download or update on your server.
Read the announcement on the bigbluebutton-dev group.
The 2.2 series of the open source technology set a change of pace for the company, headquartered in Ottawa but with a global, remote workforce. Not to be ones resting on their laurels, Blindside Networks, BB’s development house and commercial liaison, looks forward to remain at the edge of what a highly engaging experience over live video should be like. It explains development priorities such as smoother interface, more interactive tools, better-featured API, and security, speed and reliability improvements.
Ready to get started? If you know your way around a bash terminal,
bbb-install is the most expedient way to get BigBlueButton in your own server. Other installation routes involve Ansible and step-by-step.
As with recent previous releases of the software, performance recommendations are at hand:
- While there are cases of successful virtual server installations and even a Kubernetes project for it (check it our here), it’s always best to run BB in a dedicated, “bare metal” server. Learn more about why, BB’s minimum server requirement’s and the meaning of FreeSWITCH here.
- Installing and testing BB requires top-level (SUDO) permissions on your machine.
- A single BigBlueButton meeting minimum configuration requirements has been tested to supports up to 200 concurrent users with not performance loss. To host more users concurrently, Blindside’s Scalelite is your friend. Also FOSS, it balances loads on a pool of BB servers. The math on how many users and breakout rooms you can have running simultaneously with Scalelite and your choice of BB servers on a pool is nothing short of riveting.
Developers should test BB at test.bigbluebutton.org
Pedagogical UX: Blindside’s Rationale & Roadmap to 2.3
Continuous thought goes into the development roadmap by Fred Dixon and company. A small ship works continuously and holistically on the hard tech and the “pedagogical UX” to create a powerful and reliable solution that plays along with any elearning platform —it offers the best tightly-knit integration with Moodle, of which BigBlueButton it’s a Certified Integration, of any other video conferencing platform— and it its fully responsive on HTML5-ready browsers —mighty, Firefox-like WebRTC support is a plus— on PCs, phones and tablets.
For BigBlueButton 2.3, a number of noticeable features are on the pipeline: A brand new player, improved recording playback, layout customization tools, slide thumbnails, search function, and enhanced engagement features including:
- Smart Polling
- Background presentation upload and “Quick-Switch”
- Better notification options
- Webcam window drag-and-drop reordering
- Network quality indicator
BigBlueButton is free and open source software. Visit bigbluebutton.org to learn more and get a trial.