Cisco Webex Ubuntu
Introduction to Webex
By Cisco, Webex is an American company that integrates and sells Unified communications, video conferencing, web conferencing as a service, and the contact center as many service applications. In 1995, it was detected as WebEx and taken over in 2007 via Cisco Systems. The headquarters of Webex are in San Jose, California.
Some of its software products are Webex devices, WebEx Contact Centre, WebEx calling, WebEx messaging, WebEx meetings, WebEx suite, and WebEx app. Every WebEx product is a part of the Cisco Systems association portfolio.
The products of Cisco WebEx offer capabilities including file sharing, team messaging, and online meetings. The suite is examined as a leading collaboration environment in the place of unified communications and is geared toward both large group meetings for organization-wide deployments and small group associations for SMBs.
Users can connect to a video conference from a mobile or desktop application. A web release of WebEx is also available. However, other features are present on other releases. Also, users can share files and engage in the features of team messaging. This service is supported by WebEx Teams and Cisco WebEx Meetings applications.
History of WebEx
In 1995, it was founded by Min Zhu and Subrah Iyar. In July 2000, it had the initial public offering. WebEx was recorded on the NASDAQ National Market, and after that NASDAQ Global Select Market, when that was published in 2006.
Services of WebEx
Every WebEx application was created on the MediaTone environment and supported by WebEx MediaTone Network (also known as the WebEx interactive network), a universal network intended for using with on-demand programs during the acquisition. The network was developed by Shaun Bryant (the Chief Network Architect of WebEx) and Network Architect Zaid Ali Sr to be one of the initial environments on the internet.
WebEx and AOL published a business release of the instant messaging software of AOL in July 2006. AIM Pro along with extra features for helping workers collaborate with conferencing tools provided by WebEx. The company announced some plans to provide a web collaboration "mashup" environment which is known as "WebEx Connect" on 26 September 2006.
Acquisition of WebEx
In 2005, the company inherited Intranets.com, giving entrance into the mid and small-size business market from the business customer base of the company with less than a hundred employees. It inherited the ability for offering online collaboration tools like discussion forums, calendaring, and document sharing while Intranets.com gave access to the WebEx communication platform for its users.
On 15 March 2007, Cisco Systems disclosed it would inherit Webex for 3.2 billion dollars. Cisco has announced that the long-term plan is for absorbing WebEx at both the sales and technology levels.
Cisco inherited BabbleLabs in October 2020. Cisco inherited imimobile which is a communication platform as a service (or CPaaS) solution provider for imimobile (Webex collaboration portfolio) in February 2021.
Legal Inquiries and Proceedings
Goldman Sachs securities scam investigation
Some charges of issuing improper research were faced by Goldman Sachs including WebEx coverage and IPO violations between 1999 to 2001 as an outcome of a security scam investigation started by the SEC and by many state Attorney General offices.
Webex management dictated to the analysts of Goldman Sachs what the research should and shouldn't include. Webex maintains the information of the management was correct. Another charge blames Goldman Sachs for offending securities law in share allocation and initial public offering of WebEx.
Raindance lawsuit for patent infringement
On 27 September 2005, Webex charged Raindance Communications, Inc., a rival for patent infringement. On 14 October 2005, Raindance reported a countersuit as opposed to WebEx for patent violation. Both parties hunted for damages and an injunction charges further acts that they claim to be violating on patents.
On 31 March 2006, both parties granted the discharge of both actions, claim releases for past violations, payments related to those releases, and cross-licenses to the patents of each other. This agreement ended in Webex receiving 1M dollars from Raindance.
What does WebEx provide?
It is an application of cloud-based team collaboration that offers whiteboarding, file sharing, messaging, and video meetings. The software provides a constant virtual meeting room for remote and in-office teams to associate. While WebEx Teams is mainly a cloud-based service, it supports on-promises and hybrid systems as well.
WebEx Teams provides third-party application integrations ranging from many project management services, like Pivotal and Asana tracker, to customer relationship management, like Zendesk and Salesforce. Also, WebEx Teams provides integrations by APIs for developer programs from its Cisco WebEx. The platform permits developers for building custom applications that increase the Teams capabilities in regular workflows.
WebEx Meetings is a cloud-based video conferencing and web service that enables virtual and global teams for collaborating on standards-based video systems and mobile devices in real-time. It includes several features like meeting broadcasting, customizable layouts, meeting recording, and screen sharing.
Webex Meetings develops with Microsoft Teams and Slack which permits users to join or start the WebEx video meetings from either platform directly. WebEx Meetings features calendar integrations including Google Calendar, Office 365, and Outlook, and also develops with Microsoft OneDrive and IBM connections for file sharing.
Webex includes many meeting room devices with its Webex Board and Webex Room Series. The Webex Room Series contains device kits with a microphone, speaker, codec, and camera for midsize and small meeting rooms. The kits develop with flat-panel displays and include on-premises and cloud deployments. WebEx Room Kit supports many meeting rooms that seat up to 7 people and the Room Kit Plus supports several rooms that seat up to 14 users.
The Webex Room 55 offers small to medium meeting rooms that seat 6 to 8 users. It contains a 55-inch 4K display, speakers, microphones, a codec, and a camera. The WebEx Room 70 supports bigger meeting rooms that seat up to 14 users and contains dual or single 70-inch 4K displays, speakers, microphones, and an integrated camera. Both WebEx Room 70 and WebEx Room 55 are designed for on-premises and cloud deployments and feature advanced capabilities like automatic wake-up and framing and speaker tracking.
The WebEx Board offers a 70-inch or 55-inch interactive whiteboard that features wireless presentation, content annotations, and video and audio conferencing. Content made on the Webex Board is saved in the cloud and could be used from its collaborated virtual workspace in the Webex Teams app.
Working of Webex
The backbone network of WebEx powers every meeting, despite whether the user is connected from the Webex Teams or Meetings applications. Also, the software suite supports hybrid and on-premises deployments with the Webex Hybrid Service. This hybrid service connects the cloud-based capabilities of Webex Teams to Cisco communication systems. Also, Cisco WebEx features a Video Mesh, which is a hybrid media service that carries local users and pushes overflow and remote users to the cloud.
Advantages and limitations of Webex
There are several famous video conferencing tools like Zoom available in the market, so Webex has to offer a collection of aspects that can draw customers away through competition. Some of the advantages of Webex are as follows:
However, limitations of Webex are also included which are mentioned below:
Security of WebEx
Webex Meetings encrypts conscious data and encrypts every media stream at the time of the sessions. However, end-to-end encryption is elective for users. Also, Webex Meetings has SOC 2, SSAE 16, and ISO 27001 Type 2 certifications. It is also certified with the FedRAMP or Federal Risk and Authorization Program for government enterprises.
Webex Teams provides end-to-end messaging encryption along with user-held keys which gives an extra security layer by enabling users for controlling authorization to message stores. Also, Webex Teams has ISO 27001 and SOC 2 Type 1 certifications.
Cisco Webex price and plans
Cisco Webex contains five different releases at different costs. These are listed and discussed below:
Cisco Webex Ubuntu
The Webex tool is available for Ubuntu. Ubuntu community and users can use the Webex tool to bring us one-to-one calling, meeting, and messaging in educational and work settings. WebEx is used by organizations to schedule meetings between members and teams. Its popularity has been influenced by the rise of Microsoft Teams and Slack, but it's still a famous choice for several businesses.
Every core Webex capability is supported in an individual application for helping us to collaborate seamlessly. We are continuing to operate towards supporting the similar aspects that are present on the Webex tool for Windows with what is available on the Webex tool for Ubuntu.
With Webex, the problem is that it's not available on every device. Users require to have a suitable Windows, Android, and iOS device nearby to use WebEx Meetings. Both Slack and Microsoft Teams provide applications that implement on every platform such as Linux.
The Webex tool for Ubuntu will soon support the below aspects:
X11 drawbacks when sharing our application or screen
Installing Webex Client in Ubuntu
For installing the WebEx client in Ubuntu, we need to download a DEB installer from the http://webex.com/downloads.html website, then execute the below command in the terminal window:
Note: We need to replace the ./Webex.deb file with the original DEB file path that we have just downloaded.
If we encounter any bug message related to cryptographic signatures, we need to import a public key offered by Cisco into our system. We can do that on Ubuntu by sequentially executing the below commands:
Installing Webex Client in CentOS/RHEL
Also, Cisco offers WebEx RPM package for CentOS/RHEL on the http://webex.com/downloads.html website. When we had the file, Webex.rpm downloaded to our system, we can install the application by executing the following command in the terminal window:
Similarly, we can solve any cryptographic signatures bug by importing webex_public.key offered by Cisco.