Good to see some of that heading towards an Open Source project in this article on stuff. Some of the money is earmarked for the OSVLE and modules for Moodle. Interestingly one of the recipients is Telford Rural PolyTech. They were mentioned at the GOVIS OSS as one of the organisations who couldn't afford to participate in any proprietary e-learning environment and had recently set up a Moodle based system. Nice to see that they are looking developing modules themselves. That's what community is about.
At last! An article on stuff outlining the real problems with 'shared source' initiatives. I have been especially disappointed with tertiary institutions who have taken up this offer in the past as it has the potential to eat into the very heart of the next generation of OSS developers. The risk in the education sector is even worse as even the fact that you attended an institution who signed an agreement may be an issue although you may never have seen the code yourself.
Conspiracy theorists could have a field day...
A short article on stuff covering the recent visit of Mary Ann Fisher and GOVIS Open Source seminar. Interesting takeaways are:
- gov.uk saved 2.3 billion euro by switching to a Linux based procurement systems
- only 2% of companies see benefit in a in a total OSS stack, so hybrid systems are here for a while folks
Still lots of opportunity out there!