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Installing Vidyo on Ubuntu 16.10

Posted: May 12, 2017 15:05;
Last Modified: May 14, 2017 14:05

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I need to use Vidyo conferencing software for some projects I’m on. Because I just reinstalled Ubuntu 16.04, I needed to reinstall the Vidyo desktop.

This is not easy, since the installation file Vidyo directs you to contains a dependency that is not available on Ubuntu 16.10 (libqt4-gui).

There are various solutions out there, though I was not able to get the one proposed by Vidyo itself to work.

The one that did work for me is on the CERN site.

apt-get -f install
sudo apt-get install libqt4-designer libqt4-opengl libqt4-svg libqtwebkit4
wget -O vidyo-desktop.deb https://goo.gl/2Ykmoq
sudo dpkg -i vidyo-desktop.deb
apt-get -f install

To run Vidyo, either type VidyoDesktop at the command line or use the HUD to find VidyoDesktop in your GUI.

Notes

  1. The apt-get -f install is not really necessary if you do this first. I did it (as does the original poster) in order to clean up mistakes I made earlier.
  2. Instead of wget -O vidyo-desktop.deb https://goo.gl/2Ykmoq you can download the file in your webbrowser (the google short URL resolves to a Dropbox file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7cw6acxm4ys2ioy/VidyoDesktopInstaller-ubuntu64-TAG_VD_3_6_3_017-no_libqt4-gui.deb?dl=0); if you do this, then you need to use that longer filename in the rest of the commands.
  3. libqt4-designer libqt4-opengl libqt4-svg are dependencies that were originally unmet when I tried installing Vidyo. The person who posted this solution also added libqtwebkit4 so I did too. I’m not sure it is necessary, however.
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