Category Archives: Open Source

More Starters…

Last week I posted a few comments pointing to a frustrating phenomena I’ve seen with the acceptance (dare I say popularity?) of open source software: we’ve got too many new projects (over a million) in categories already inundated with viable options. Rather than joining … Continue reading

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Linux on the Desktop

After my previous post, I received a few comments about the “real costs” of open source, a-la, “open source isn’t free,” and “open source actually costs more due to a loss in productivity.” Basically folks said to run Linux on … Continue reading

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It’s “Revise, Remix & Redistribute” not, “Repeat, Redo & Replicate.”

I just updated my desktop from Ubuntu Lucid Lynx (10.04 LTS) to Precise Pangolin (12.04 LTS) and like always after any new version or functionality from Ubuntu (Linux), excited by the new features, I can’t help but leap up on my … Continue reading

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Innovation or Replication?

Why those excited by the Stanford & edX open source platform collaboration (and many other “open” initiatives) don’t get it. It’s “reuse, revise, remix, redistribute,” not “reinvent, redo, redundant, replace.” The below article appeared just this week, in 2004 [May, … Continue reading

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OSS Watch launches Open Source Options for Education Index

Mark Johnson recently posted to the Moodle Forums an announcement of the creation of the “Open Source Options for Education” index to compliment the UK Cabinet Office’s Open Source Procurement Toolkit.

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I’ve been in this really good MOOC for the past 20 years, it’s called “The Internet.”

I’d like to suggest a great MOOC that has been around for years. It is “massive” (nearly a half million members); it is open–as in free (no charge); it is open–as in anyone can participate (no enrollment requirements/restrictions); it is … Continue reading

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The More Things Change (Bb Buys Another LMS), The More They Stay The Same (Reaction Filled With FUD)

As most know by now, Blackboard has announced that they will purchase Angel. Of course this has sparked all sorts of responses from folks, covering everything you might expect – unfortunately most still misrepresent open source. Rather than offer any … Continue reading

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Government Promotes Open Source for Public Sector

I just saw an article in The Register on the creation of an Action Plan for the adoption of Open Source by the UK Government. While this action alone is impressive and inspiring (I have been trying with limited success … Continue reading

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Conference Invitation

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The Impact of Open Source Software (OSS) on Education

Back in March, Ken Udas, Executive Director of Penn State’s World Campus, began a series entitled The Impact of Open Source Software (OSS) on Education on the Penn State World Campus’ blog, Terra Incognita. The topics of the series while … Continue reading

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