Open Source Solutions


3 Moodle Updates Address 15 Security Vulnerabilities

Moodle HQ has posted three updates for three different branches of the Moodle learning management system, tackling a total of 15 recently discovered security vulnerabilities. The new versions also provide minor improvements and bug fixes.

Oracle Previews Java SE 7 for Mac OS X, Unveils Java SE Roadmap

Oracle is releasing a technology preview of Java SE 7 on Mac OS X and said it plans to release Java SE 7 on Mac OS X for developers in the second quarter of 2012 and a consumer version later that year.

Leading Open Source in the Community College

A prolific innovator for 25 years at California's Delta College, Lee Belarmino may be most recognized nationally in higher education IT for a relatively recent accomplishment: the successful implementation of one of the first instances of the open source Kuali Financial System--a system the college helped develop as a founding partner alongside much larger and better-funded universities.

Oracle Launches JavaFX 2.0, Previews NetBeans IDE 7.1

Oracle has released JavaFX 2.0, a major rewrite of the company's Java platform for creating and deploying rich Internet applications (RIAs) that behave consistently across a wide variety of connected devices.

Open Virtualization Alliance Now Tops 200 Members

The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), an organization of technology companies created to promote support for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization platform, reported it's experiencing rapid growth in participation from cloud computing companies and emerging markets around the world.



Saylor Foundation Kicks Off Open Textbook Challenge

The Saylor Foundation is offering $20,000 to college textbook authors willing to allow free use of their publications by students and educators. The deadline for the first wave of funding is Nov. 1.

EchoSystem Lecture Capture Gets Moodle LMS Integration

Echo360 is embedding its lecture capture EchoSystem portal for multimedia course materials within open source learning management system Moodle 1.9 and 2.0.

Red Hat OpenShift Now Supports Java Enterprise Edition 6

Red Hat has announced support for Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 6 on its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

Lehigh U Pilots Open Source E-Portfolio

In an effort to close a "real gap" in its social and collaborative technology offerings for students, Lehigh University in Pennsylvania has been piloting Mahara, an open source tool that links with its learning management system, Moodle.

Instructure Rethinks LMS Messaging

Shortly, Instructure's cloud-based and open source learning management system (LMS) will include a new messaging feature that replaces the standard LMS inbox. The company is also readying a mobile edition specifically for students.