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That in my opinion is a loss in the short run. But the US Green Party and the California Green Party have chosen to use the free LiveStream service to hold weekly online 90% one-way video stream conferences that include a simultaneous text-chatting service for the video streamed conference participants. I.e. little that the video stream audience discusses in the text-chatting window-view gets acknowledged and responded to by the 1+ presenters of the video stream. But that little bit of interaction is greater than zero.

However, the gain -- and additional burden -- will be for me to explore ways to deploy truly free web conferencing that provides the same features, equal or greater reliability, as does commercial and currently lowest priced GVOConference and as do GVO's main price and features competitors, WebEx and GoToMeeting. By Fall 2011 Skype, the 2 or 3 person text, audio and video conferencing service soon to be owned and operated by Microsoft, will be offering multi-user web conferencing with similar features as well where multi-user will mean 10s or 100s of participants.

That context of commercial web conferencing established, the alternative free web conferencing software I choose to use instead is the open source system "Big Blue Button" (BBB). In the end of May 2011 I began the installation and testing of BBB on a home-office server computer in my 5+ computer "lab".

April through May 2011 was not much better than "Mes Horribles" (my horrible month of March) for the CAGreenIDEAS web site.