Vidyo with Ubuntu and i3wm

Mozilla uses Vidyo for virtual meetings across distributed teams. If it doesn’t work on your laptop, you can use the mobile client or book a meeting room in an office, but neither of those solutions is optimal when working from home.

Vidyo users within Mozilla can download a .deb or .rpm installer from On Ubuntu, it’s easy to install the downloaded package with sudo dpkg -i path/to/the/file.deb.

The issue is that when you invoke VidyoDesktop from your launcher of choice (dmenu for me), i3 does what’s usually the right thing and makes the client fullscreen in a tile. This doesn’t allow the interface to pop up a floating window with the confirm dialog when you try to join a room, so you can’t.

mod + shift + space

Mod was alt by default last time I installed i3, but I’ve since remapped it to the window key (as IRC clients use alt for switching windows). Some people use caps lock as their mod key.

mod + shift + space makes the window floating, which allows it to pop up the confirmation dialog when you try to join a call.

Float windows by default

Alternately, stick the line:

for_window [class="VidyoDesktop"] floating enable

in your ~/.i3/config.

Installing Vidyo despite the libqt4-gui error

Edited as of May 2017: Recent Vidyos depend on a package that’s not available in Ubuntu’s repos. The easiest workaround is:

sudo dpkg -i --ignore-depends=libqt4-gui path/to/VidyoInstaller.deb