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Installing Zoom Videoconferencing for Mageia Linux.

Zoom is a popular, if somewhat insecure, videoconferencing application in wide use. It does offer Linux support, just not for Mageia7.

However, if you head over to the Zoom Linux download page, and access the Download center for for Fedora 21+, you can install the appropriate 32- or 64-bit RPM package which will install all the correct dependencies and Zoom will work on your Mageia7 system.

Back on the overview page, there is adequate help to get you started with the app itself.

I'm using an older Logitech USB camera and had it working with cheese, a good way to test out your hardware. If you have video/audio issues, get them worked out before you install Zoom. That troubleshooting is beyond the scope of this short article; Google Is Your Friend.

There are some FOSS alternatives to Zoom, but unless you're just videoconferencing with your Linux buddies, you'll probably be forced to use Zoom. It's sad.

Configuring urpmi-proxy for Mageia7

Not much has been mentioned about urpmi-proxy for Mageia. Indeed, the somewhat cryptic documentation for it appears to have been written around the time of Mageia5 in a breezy, informal style. Once I get it working, I hope to flesh out the documentation here.

In theory, urpmi-proxy works as a local proxy for a Mageia repository. You set it as the source repository for all your machines and it downloads and distributes only what packages you need.

For the most part, little configuration is needed "out of the box". It is configured by default to use the existing repositories that are already configured on the host/server machine but as pointed out, this creates a recursive loop should you update the server itself.

There are other package management systems available from Mageia, notably dnf which will become the standard system only after the Mageia build system, dependent on urpmi, can be translated to dnf. Although untried at this point, it might be possible to update the se…