When COVID-19 hit the world in 2019, and many organizations required their employees to work from home, it was necessary to have technologies that will ensure continuity of work. The meetings had to take place to strategize on the next cause of action in the said organizations. The employer and the employees had to maintain their relationship and the productivity and efficiency of the employees had to continue.
It was then that many organizations adopted the use of Zoom Meetings. Zoom meetings is a cross-platform proprietary video teleconferencing software program developed by Zoom Video Communications in October 2011. Zoom meetings allow users to securely hold video conferences, webinars, chats, share documents, and other online events in a convenient and secure way. While Zoom Meeting is in session, it can be recorded and archived for future reference.
Although Zoom Meetings is proprietary software, it comes with a free plan which allows 100 concurrent users for a restricted period of 40 minutes. Once upgraded by selecting your plan, it can accommodate many more users.
In this article, we will look at Zoom Meetings installation in Rocky Linux 8.
Features of Zoom Meetings
- It is cross-platform : works on Windows, MacOS , Linux , Android , ios, Chrome OS.
- Zoom Meetings client is very easy to use.
- The free basic plan accomodates many users.
- Has three plans to choose from i.e Pro, Business and Education.
- Easy to record the session for a later review.
- Ability to schedule meetings for a later date and send reminders.
- Very convinient and secure as each user requires a passcode to access a given meeting.
- The admin admits the users hence unknown users are not admitted.
- The admin can then make one of the users the host of the meeting to have full control.
- you dont require a Zoom account to join a meeting, only a Zoom client.
Let’s briefly turn our attention to Installation in a Rocky Linux platform. As of this article, the current stable release is version 5.8.1 launched on October 11, 2021.
- An Internet connection.
- Speakers and a microphone.
- A Webcam or a HD webcam
Steps to Install Zoom client on AlmaLinux / Rocky Linux 8
Step 1 : Update your system
The first step in every installation is to update the packages and refresh the repository.
Run this command :
sudo dnf update -y
Then install EPEL Repository. These are Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux. EPEL creates, maintains, and manages the high-quality set of additional packages.
Execute this command.
sudo dnf install epel-release
Step 2 : Down Zoom binary file.
Visit the zoom official site ( https://zoom.us/download ) and download the latest RPM binary file using wget command.
I will download the Centos 64-bit architecture RPM binary file as shown below:
sudo dnf install wget wget https://zoom.us/client/latest/zoom_x86_64.rpm
Command output :
wget https://zoom.us/client/latest/zoom_x86_64.rpm --2021-10-21 16:47:59-- https://zoom.us/client/latest/zoom_x86_64.rpm Resolving zoom.us (zoom.us)... 126.96.36.199 Connecting to zoom.us (zoom.us)|188.8.131.52|:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Location: https://cdn.zoom.us/prod/184.108.40.206/zoom_x86_64.rpm [following] --2021-10-21 16:48:00-- https://cdn.zoom.us/prod/220.127.116.11/zoom_x86_64.rpm Resolving cdn.zoom.us (cdn.zoom.us)... 18.104.22.168 Connecting to cdn.zoom.us (cdn.zoom.us)|22.214.171.124|:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 55162372 (53M) [binary/octet-stream] Saving to: ‘zoom_x86_64.rpm’ zoom_x86_64.rpm 100%[===================>] 52.61M 81.8MB/s in 0.6s 2021-10-21 16:48:00 (81.8 MB/s) - ‘zoom_x86_64.rpm’ saved [55162372/55162372]
Step 3 : Install Zoom client on Rocky Linux
Once your binary file has been downloaded, install it in your system.
Issue the command :
sudo dnf localinstall zoom_x86_64.rpm
The command output is as shown below. Enter y or Y to continue with the installation process.
sudo dnf localinstall zoom_x86_64.rpm Last metadata expiration check: 2:44:41 ago on Thu 21 Oct 2021 02:08:54 PM CEST. Dependencies resolved. ================================================================================ Package Architecture Version Repository Size ================================================================================ Installing: zoom x86_64 126.96.36.199-1 @commandline 53 M Installing dependencies: libXScrnSaver x86_64 1.2.3-1.el8 appstream 30 k xcb-util-image x86_64 0.4.0-9.el8 appstream 20 k xcb-util-keysyms x86_64 0.4.0-7.el8 appstream 15 k Transaction Summary ================================================================================ Install 4 Packages Total size: 53 M Total download size: 64 k Installed size: 222 M Is this ok [y/N]: y
This command will install the zoom client and its dependencies.
Running transaction Preparing : 1/1 Installing : xcb-util-keysyms-0.4.0-7.el8.x86_64 1/4 Running scriptlet: xcb-util-keysyms-0.4.0-7.el8.x86_64 1/4 Installing : xcb-util-image-0.4.0-9.el8.x86_64 2/4 Running scriptlet: xcb-util-image-0.4.0-9.el8.x86_64 2/4 Installing : libXScrnSaver-1.2.3-1.el8.x86_64 3/4 Installing : zoom-188.8.131.52-1.x86_64 4/4 Running scriptlet: zoom-184.108.40.206-1.x86_64 4/4 run post install script, action is 1... Verifying : libXScrnSaver-1.2.3-1.el8.x86_64 1/4 Verifying : xcb-util-image-0.4.0-9.el8.x86_64 2/4 Verifying : xcb-util-keysyms-0.4.0-7.el8.x86_64 3/4 Verifying : zoom-220.127.116.11-1.x86_64 4/4 Installed products updated. Installed: libXScrnSaver-1.2.3-1.el8.x86_64 xcb-util-image-0.4.0-9.el8.x86_64 xcb-util-keysyms-0.4.0-7.el8.x86_64 zoom-18.104.22.168-1.x86_64 Complete!
Once the installation is complete, confirm the version installed by running the command :
rpm -qi zoom
rpm -qi zoom Name : zoom Version : 22.214.171.124 Release : 1 Architecture: x86_64 Install Date: Thu 21 Oct 2021 04:54:00 PM CEST Group : default Size : 232259294 License : see https://www.zoom.us/ Signature : RSA/SHA1, Wed 22 Sep 2021 07:06:22 AM CEST, Key ID b903bf1861a7c71d Source RPM : zoom-126.96.36.199-1.src.rpm Build Date : Wed 22 Sep 2021 07:03:55 AM CEST Build Host : localhost Relocations : / Packager : Zoom Linux Team <[email protected]> Vendor : Zoom Video Communications, Inc. URL : https://www.zoom.us Summary : Zoom Cloud Meetings Description : Zoom Cloud Meetings Zoom brings people together to connect and get more done in a frictionless, secure video environment. Our easy, reliable, and innovative video-first solutions provide video meetings and chat, with additional options for webinars and phone service. . Zoom is the leading unified communications platform and helps individuals, schools, healthcare professionals and enterprises stay connected. Visit blog.zoom.us and follow @zoom_us. . By installing this app, you agree to our Terms of Service (https://zoom.us/terms) and Privacy Statement (https://zoom.us/privacy).
We are able to get much more information from the command.
Step 4 : Launch Zoom Meetings
There are two methods on how you can launch zoom meetings.
Method 1 : Using your Terminal.
On your terminal, execute the command :
This command will take you to the zoom meeting login page where you are required to either join a meeting or sign in.
As shown in the screenshot below.
Method 2 : Launch zoom from Application Manager.
Navigate to Activities–Show Applications on the search bar, type zoom. The zoom icon will appear where you double-click on it to launch your zoom application.
As shown in the screenshots below.
Next: Search for zoom.
Finally, double-click on the Zoom icon to launch.
Step 5 : Uninstall Zoom.
To uninstall zoom from your system, simply run the command:
sudo dnf remove zoom
That marks the end of the article. We hope you have followed along. You can login and schedule meeting, copy the invite details and send them to your friend to explore the features that Zoom offers.
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