Yesterday at DEMOfall 07, dimdim launched what it's calling "the world's first free Web meeting service based on an open source platform." The browser-based hosted service reportedly can accommodate meetings of any size.
According to the press release, features include audio conferencing, broadcast webcam, slides, desktop sharing, and chat -- with no client-side software requirement. DEMO Conference executive producer Chris Shipley indicates the technology has the potential for social change:
dimdim's approach of bringing Web meetings, based on open source technology, to consumers for free, is both innovative and refreshing.
Reviewing the alpha version of the software last year, Alfresco VP Matt Asay was enthusiastic:
DimDim is ... to WebEx and web conferencing what SugarCRM is to Salesforce.com and Alfresco is to Sharepoint (and Documentum): An open source, value-rich competitor that should keep the proprietary competition up at night.