Open Source Solutions


New LMS from Instructure Goes Open Source

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.

Open Source Drupal 7 CMS Gains Interoperability with Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft this week showcased some of its interoperability accomplishments reflected with the release of the open source Drupal 7 content management system.

LibreOffice 3.3 Breaks from Oracle with New Release

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.

Not Your Grandfather's Blackboard? My Recent Chat with Bb Learn President Ray Henderson

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.

Moodle 2.0.1 Brings Dozens of Enhancements to LMS

Developers have released Moodle 2.0.1, a minor update to the popular open source learning management system.



Researchers Show JavaScript Allows Web History Sniffing

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.

Open Source Magnolia CMS Adds Collaboration Tools

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 Acquires Makara To Build Cloud Platform Services

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.

Moodle 2.0 Boosts Integration and Web 2.0 Features

Following more than two years of development, the Moodle community has formally released Moodle 2.0, a major update to the popular open source learning management system.

Sakai Foundation Announces Expanded TWSIA Award

The Sakai Foundation has opened the call for submissions for the 2011 annual Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award competition, now in its 4th year.