The decade we have just closed out seemed to be a decade of continuous definition and redefinition of the distance between where we are and where we need to be in our education system... Throughout this exhaustive (and exhausting) period, our ability to accept the change we have clearly identified as critical for our future has not transitioned to adequate action...
Microsoft hasn't always had smooth relationships with open source software communities. But with its new senior director of open source communities, Gianugo Rabellino, the company is reaching out in new ways to open source developers and working to fulfill its "interoperability pledge."
A Utah-based company has fired a warning shot across the bow of learning management system (LMS) companies, including market leader Blackboard, with the announcement that it's turning its new LMS into open source. Instructure has publicly released the source code to its Canvas learning management system, which was launched in 2010.
The Document Foundation this week released LibreOffice 3.3, calling it the first "stable release" of the free, open source office suite, whose developers last year split from the OpenOffice.org effort, now managed by Oracle.
Microsoft this week showcased some of its interoperability accomplishments reflected with the release of the open source Drupal 7 content management system.
Blackboard's product strategy has moved from that of a course management platform to a suite of integrated, enterprise systems that span a range of institution-wide services from communications to e-commerce. And Blackboard leadership--including Blackboard Learn President Ray Henderson--has placed a new emphasis on client support and openness. Trent Batson spoke with Henderson about the company's new direction.
Developers have released Moodle 2.0.1, a minor update to the popular open source learning management system.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego said they're planning to broaden their research after they provided evidence earlier this month that Web sites and the advertisers on them can easily retain a history of the other sites you've recently visited--without your permission.
Magnolia has updated its open source content management system to allow multiple people to edit the content at the same time. Magnolia version 4.4 also adds content translation, multi-step forms, and a page comparison feature, among other enhancements.
Red Hat this week said it has acquired Makara, a provider of software that will help the open source software provider accelerate the build-out its cloud services.