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In light of recent events, I've been having a few more video conferences than usual.

I found the fact that Jitsi Meet, Nextcloud Talk and similar software do point-to-point video connections to be severely hindering as soon as number of participants exceed ca 8.

Also, Jitsi Meet has, in the past, really not been the most reliable platform (neither self-hosted official docker-compose nor on meet.jit.si) for intercontinental conferencing.

What I'm looking for is not the modern "everyone gets every video stream" approach that can basically be implemented without a server touching the video data, but more of a composing server, very much in the feeling of the shamefully expensive mid-2000's H.323 MCU conferencing systems.

Necessary feature set:

  • Multi-participant video conference
  • Self-hosted
  • runs on Linux, both client and server (other OSes rather optional; android client might be of interest) (Browser acceptable, but not preferred)
  • not N·(N-1) point-to-point video streams, but one server that mixes the video – even a static "tiled" pattern would be useful

Cost: I'm expecting a FOSS solution for self-hosting to be free in terms of the software itself; however, I'm not averse to paying a bit for support (but I'm only using it for private purposes, so probably not for a long-term support contract), nor averse to projects that need donations. However, not looking for a paid service.

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