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Zoom Meetings also known as Zoom is a proprietary videotelephony software program developed by Zoom Video Communications.

Zoom is commonly used in remote work and educational environments.


Installation is pretty fairly straightforward; just set USE flags as appropriate and then emerge the package. See the sections below about USE flag requirements for specific features (video and audio).

USE flags for net-im/zoom Video conferencing and web conferencing service

bundled-qt Use bundled Qt and icu instead of system-wide libs
opencl Use OpenCL for virtual background support (virtual/opencl)
pulseaudio Add sound server support via media-libs/libpulse (may be PulseAudio or PipeWire)
wayland Enable dev-libs/wayland backend

First, accept the all-rights-reserved license (you can read it at '/var/db/repos/gentoo/licenses/all-rights-reserved')

root #echo "net-im/zoom all-rights-reserved" >> /etc/portage/package.license


root #emerge --ask net-im/zoom

Enabling audio

If the system uses Pulseaudio, enable the pulseaudio USE flag. This should rectify issues of not being able to speak to people.

Enabling video

Normally, if the system has a webcam available, it should just work. If the webcam video feed is not displayed in Zoom, here are some things to try:

  1. Use a different program to make sure that the webcam itself is working (see Webcam)
  2. Ensure that Zoom is upgraded to or later, or that the opencl USE flag is enabled. (see bug #833951 for the context)
  3. Ensure that the bundled-libjpeg-turbo USE flag is enabled.