Open Source Solutions


Oracle's Sun Acquisition Spells Uncertainty for Java, Database Developers

Oracle's stunning agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems will reshape the landscape of tools and platforms for Java and database developers. But it also means a change in emphasis--or even the demise--of some key tools, development platforms and databases, according to analysts and developers who were caught off guard by yesterday's announcement.

Sun To Be Acquired by Oracle

In a move that will have significant ramifications on software development, open source and enterprise datacenters, Oracle said it has agreed to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of cash and debt.

Why is Web 2.0 Important to Higher Education?

Web 2.0 is not just hype or a series of fads. It's a turning point for higher education, an opportunity to rediscover the ways we learn, cooperatively and gregariously.

Open Source CMS Drives Academic Initiatives in Cal State System

Charged with providing logistical, process, and developmental support for the massive California State University system, the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) is a big advocate of technology usage, both in and out of the classroom.

New Module Connects Moodle to Oracle Student Information System in Real Time

Moodle, the widely deployed open source learning management system, now has the ability to communicate in real time with Oracle's student information system, the Student Administration Integration Pack, thanks to new features developed by Moodlerooms.



Cornell U Lab of Ornithology Streamlines Portal Programming

Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY has moved from manual Java coding processes to Spring, a development platform built by SpringSource, to develop applications on one of its flagship Web sites, eBird.

FairShare Allows Content Creators To Track Content Use

A new site called FairShare allows users to track how their online work is being used by others. Developed by Attributor in collaboration with Creative Commons, the free service allows bloggers and individual content creators to understand how their work is shared across the Web.

He Who Hesitates Fears Cost

He Who Hesitates Fears Cost

It's time to reconsider voice over IP: Benefits abound, drawbacks are fading and, in the long run, VoIP is cost-effective.

DOA: The Open Cloud Manifesto

The Cloud Computing Interoperability Forum (CCIF) publicly launched its "Open Cloud Manifesto" Monday, but the document, which advocates open standards and interoperability between cloud platforms, generated few sparks after a spokesperson indicated that the CCIF isn't vouching for it.

USC Deploys New Version of Apache Jetspeed

The University of Southern California (USC) has deployed the new version of Apache Jetspeed, the open source enterprise portal that is maintained and serviced by Hippo, on which it has run its staff intranet since 2006.