As a contributor to Mozilla, it could be very easy to find yourself in a little silo, just working away on your computer with little or no face to face interaction with staff or fellow contributors. I am lucky that in SUMO that we have a very active community on IRC, but further to burning out a little last year, I thought I would augment that with getting the more personal contact in a video meeting.
The MoCo choice of video conferencing software is Vidyo, but once you have downloaded the client, Mozillians who use Ubuntu may find that the software will not install. This is because it needs a dependency to be met first of all - a file that needs to be in place that it cannot find.
Despite being a Linux user, I am not a big fan of the terminal. I know it exists and it serves a purpose, but I do not believe I should have to use it all the time - I like a nice user interface to click on. That said, when I do use the terminal, I like to keep things very simple.
I was therefore very interested by a solution from rail, published by armenzg, that appeared to be fairly simple to walk through:
Install equivs package by typing (in terminal):
sudo apt-get install equivs
Generate a control file by typing (in terminal):
Find the file and open it in text editor. Edit these lines so that they read:
Package: libqt4-gui Version: 4.8.1 Description: fake package to please vidyo
Once saved, go back into terminal and type:
sudo dpkg -i libqt4-gui_4.8.1_all.deb
Now you should be able to double click on the Vidyo installer and it will work.
This is the method that worked for me on Ubuntu 16.10 and a Mozilla Nightly build of Firefox. I am grateful to rail and armenzg for making it available as well as alex_mayorga and the SUMO team in Brazil for helping make sure it works. I sincerely hope that other Mozillians can make use of this if you have a similar issue.