Last time I had to do a presentation was during ODI’s Train the Trainer program. One of the options we were given in order to connect to the projector was ClickShare. If you don’t know what ClickShare is, watch this!
In order to use ClickShare you have to plug it to your machine. It works like a USB flash drive so a folder opens and gives you executables for Windows and iOS. Normally you install one of them and you are good to go.
But what happens if you use a Linux machine? Well, you will probably have to use a cable because “this thing does not work well with Linux”. That’s what I was told! But it wasn’t good enough for me 🙂
So, if you happen to use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and want to use ClickShare, all you have to do is:
- download the Linux launcher
- install it to your machine
- open the application
- plug the dongle
If you are getting steady white light then you are good to go (hit it, it will normally go red and your screen should be up!).
NOTE: According to Barco, they currently support Fedora 20 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. If you are using a different Linux OS this solution will probably not work but you might find some answers to
this official thread **!
* [Update] March 10, 2017: Support for the Linux client has ended as it requires an enormous effort to support all the Linux distributions and their quick updates, while the usage rate of the Linux client was/is very limited. (as published on barco.com)
** [Update] June 13, 2017: Thread www.barco.com/en/mybarco/mysupport/productsupport/knowledgebase?kbid=1191&productid=b21eda55-0837-4478-87f6-68d51b71e405 does not exist any more.
[Update] February 17, 2018
Following this gist, some users say that they successfully installed ClickShare to Linux.
NOTE: I haven’t tried it myself so I can’t guarantee it works!
[Update] June 5, 2019
Searching on an old drive I seem to have found the original .deb file that I had installed when I wrote this article. You can download it here.
CAUTION: This .deb meant for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and was tested back in 2015. The is no guarantee that will work with the current versions of Ubuntu and / or Clickshare. You can try at your own risk.
[Update] November 14, 2019
I requested support from Barco via Twitter. Here’s our discussion!
Hi, support for the Button is not on our roadmap, we recommend using GoogleCast for sharing on Chromebooks— ClickShare by Barco (@BarcoClickShare) November 14, 2019