Open Source Solutions


Michigan Campuses Get Moodlerooms on State Contract

An organization that provides media and technology to Michigan colleges and schools has begun recommending to members a learning management system built on the open source Moodle platform.

IBM Launches Public Cloud Service

Extending upon the private cloud offerings launched last year, IBM is the latest major player to launch a commercial hosted service.

Moodlerooms and DubMeNow Developing Mobile Campus Apps

Two companies are teaming up to create mobile applications for education. Moodlerooms, which develops education programs that run on the open source course management system Moodle, will be working with DubMeNow, which creates mobile software.

Oracle Moving Project Kenai to java.net

Oracle has clarified its plans for Project Kenai. Rather than simply changing the Sun Microsystems-hosted developer collaboration platform for open source projects to in-house-only usage, Oracle is moving the Kenai code base to the publicly available java.net community portal.

Java Scalability Provider Terracotta Partners with Eucalyptus Cloud Platform

Java clustering infrastructure provider Terracotta recently joined forces with Eucalyptus Systems, a provider of cloud computing management software, to allow large enterprises to provision clouds on the Amazon-compatible Eucalyptus cloud platform.



Java GUI Builder Syncs Up with Latest Google Web Toolkit Release

Instantiations recently upgraded its popular Eclipse-based Ajax/Java GUI builder to allow developers to take advantage of new features in the latest major release of the Google Web Toolkit (GWT 2.0).

The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions Campaign

The California State University is launching a major campaign to drive down the cost of learning resources for students while offering greater access to no- or low-cost academic content for faculty. The campaign, Affordable Learning Solutions, builds on the rapid emergence of high-quality, digitally delivered content, and on the CSU’s long history as a national leader and innovator in this area.

Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award: Call for Entries Open Through March 15

The Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) program recognizes a broad range of creative uses of the Sakai collaborative learning environment for teaching and learning. If your institution is using Sakai in innovative ways, here’s some basic information you might want to read about TWSIA and how to submit a nomination for the 2010 awards.

Entourage Hybrid Tablet/E-Reader/Netbook Provides Dual Screens

The Apple iPad isn't the only hybrid device that combines the functionalities of an e-reader, tablet, and netbook. Starting this month Entourage Systems will begin shipping its new Entourage Edge, a dual-screen, WiFi-enabled electronic device that runs the Google Android operating system.

Oracle Plans To Take on Microsoft Office

With its acquisition of Sun Microsystems complete, Oracle intends to go after Microsoft's lucrative Office franchise, the company revealed yesterday. While Oracle had been quiet about its intentions for supporting Sun OpenOffice, the company disclosed plans for a forthcoming upgrade called Oracle Cloud Office during a five-hour briefing at its Redwood Shores, CA headquarters.