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How to get Cisco Webex on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Jan 21, 2016 6:05:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

Why do I need Cisco WebEx on Ubuntu?

If you're like me, you are reading this article as you need Cisco WebEx for work. You want to use Ubuntu, maybe to simplify your user experience and to change your personal working style and workflows.

So before installing Ubuntu, I wanted to confirm on the Cisco website that it could run WebEx.

I  did some initial research and followed the advice on the Ubuntu forums and confirmed previously known limitations of using WebEx on Ubuntu - https://help.webex.com/docs/DOC-2012.

Update 18/Oct/2020

Cisco WebEx now supports Ubuntu. You can Download the Webex Meetings Virtual Desktop App here.

How to get Cisco Webex on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

So here are some details on the process for me.

Prerequisites:

  • I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Operating system - Long term service edition, this should work on Ubuntu 12.XX and above
  • Mozilla Firefox internet browser

Steps to get Cisco Webex on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Step 1 - Install Oracle Java

Install Oracle Java to solve this issue.
 

Step 2 - Open the Terminal Application

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open a terminal window. When it opens, copy and paste the command below and hit enter. Input your user password when prompts and it will add the PPA (Personal Package Archives) repository into your system.
 

Step 3 - Install some initial Ubuntu package updates

Type into the Terminal application

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

After that, update package lists.
Type:

sudo apt-get update

Step 4 - Install Oracle Java 8

We're now going to install Oracle Java 8. You do this by typing:

sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

Tip: You can change the number 8 to 6 (or 7) in the code to install Java 6 (or 7).
While this is installing Oracle Java 8 on your computer, you’ll be asked to agree the license and then the installer start downloading Java file from Oracle website and install it on your system.

We want to now set the default Oracle Java 8 as default, type:

sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default

Step 5 - You'll have Oracle Java 8 installed now

You'll have Oracle Java 8 installed now. You can now load up Cisco WebEx. We're going to open up Mozilla Firefox internet browser to run this.
 

Step 6 - Open up Mozilla Firefox internet browser and open Cisco WebEx

Let's go to test the Cisco WebEx using WebEx's testing feature at https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

Step 7 - Open Cisco WebEx on Java

Step 8 - Cisco WebEx should now run for you

 

Key Cisco WebEx on Ubuntu considerations

At the time of writing this, Cisco WebEx on Linux cannot be the host of the meeting. So you'll need to also dial in with your Android phone or iOS phone to start your meeting. This is what I use to kick start my meetings.

Known Issues and Limitations for Meeting Center

  • Linux systems, BlackBerry 10 devices, and Windows 8 phones—You cannot start or host a meeting in your Personal Room using Linux systems, a BlackBerry 10 device, or a Windows Phone 8 device.
  • Personal Room lobby—Users of the following devices or systems cannot wait in the lobby while a Personal Room is locked: Linux systems, TelePresence devices, Windows Phone 8 device, and BlackBerry 10 devices. In addition users who join only the audio portion of the meeting cannot wait in the lobby while a Personal Room is locked. These users will receive a message that the room is locked, and will not be able to join until the room is unlocked
  • Linux is not supported for Personal Rooms
  • I found it working on the latest Mozilla Firefox but not Google Chrome.
Vu Long Tran

Written by Vu Long Tran

Solutions Engineer APAC @pymetrics . ex-@Forrester consultant. Tweeting on #cloud, #cybersecurity, #equality and #tech tinkering!

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