Open Source Solutions


Blackboard Buys Out Moodlerooms, NetSpot

Blackboard is buying out two major players in the open source services space: Moodlerooms and NetSpot. With the purchases, the company is also launching its own open source division: Blackboard Education Open Source Services.

Rapid Start Kit To Help Higher Ed Institutions Implement Mobile Environments

Unicon is launching Rapid Start uMobile, a package of services designed to help educational institutions implement a uMobile environment to provide students, faculty, and staff with mobile access to applications, resources, and other data.

uMobile 1.1 RC1 Gets Performance Improvements, Shibboleth Authentication

Jasig has posted the first release candidate of uMobile 1.1. uMobile is an open source initiative to help educational institutions provide access to applications, media, and other data on mobile devices.

Open Source Apps, With a Vendor Assist

Built on an open source framework, SunGard's Mobile Connection allows clients to develop cross-platform apps cheaply and quickly.

North Carolina State Rolls Out Experimental Open Source WiFi Network

North Carolina State University's (NCSU) Centennial Campus has implemented one of the country's first large-scale, outdoor, experimental wireless networks using open source software.



Saylor Foundation Names Open Textbook Challenge Winners

Saylor Foundation has selected three college textbooks to be added to its lineup of free online courses through the Open Textbook Challenge. Each author will receive $20,000, and the textbooks are available through a creative commons license.

Industry-Funded Software Research Goes Open Source

The idea of attracting a vibrant community of developers is prompting some companies to pursue open source research.

Means of Production

Universities are wrestling with the possibilities and pitfalls of making homegrown IT products available beyond their campuses. CT examines the benefits of the two major options: open source or a commercialized venture.

Stevens Institute of Technology Moves Financial Systems to Open Source Kuali

New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology has transitioned its financial systems to an open source platform. To replace its 30-year-old legacy system, Stevens adopted the Kuali Financial System, a tool developed and maintained by a partnership of higher education institutions and private companies.

For Mobile Strategies, Open Source Offers Flexibility

A desire for flexibility--as well as cost-savings--are prompting more and more higher ed institutions to consider open source for their mobile strategies.