Wednesday, October 31, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 31 October 2007

In the News

CNet News advises, "...If you're looking for rapid growth opportunities (i.e., 30 percent compound annual growth rate), open source is the way to go, to the tune of $22 billion, according to Gartner (and IDC)."

From, "Open source networking vendor Vyatta is rolling out the latest community edition of its routing software, continuing efforts to target Cisco users in a battle for a slice of the multi-billion-dollar router market. But while Vyatta Community Edition 3 (VC3) adds new features, users of Vyatta's subscription-based edition may not notice much change."

CNet reports, "Microsoft will likely be including SubSonic with its products, and that SubSonic will remain under MPL 1.1:...So that's the deal: I'm going to work for Microsoft, and my job will be to build out SubSonic as the "sweetness" on top of ASP.NET and (more notably) the new MVC platform. SubSonic will be the convention-driven toolset for Microsoft's new MVC framework...."

InfoWorld writes about OpenProj, "'re a small business manager who needs to manage small business projects, read on."

On the Blogosphere

The Vagueware Blog writes, "
Deborah Murrell from CLEO... talked about trying to deploy Moodle to every school in Cumbria & Lancashire. Some schools have used Moodle as their primary web-site CMS, particularly primary schools..."

From Dan Farber, "Google CEO Eric Schmidt seemed quite confident about Google doing both based on his Analyst Day remarks: “The primary goal of the company is to make money,” he said. The way to make money is riding the massive transition to cloud computing across search, ads and apps."

Check out this interesting catalog of free and open source software.

Tectonic reports that "Open Document format (ODF) (recently) became an official standard for South African government communications."

Thursday, October 25, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 25 October 2007

In the News

Sys-Con Media reports, "CorraTech has started an open source project called OpenSuite under the new GPL 3 license dedicated to the integration of open source applications. It describes it as the 'glue required to make independently developed open source applications act as though they were designed to operate as an integrated suite.'"

The San Diego Union Tribune reports, "Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it had withdrawn the two last challenges to an EU antitrust order – a move that shuts the book on its past legal fights and lets it focus on avoiding future trouble with European regulators."

From Channel Web Network: "The Eclipse Foundation released the first version of its Eclipse Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) today, launching a hotly anticipated, open-source toolkit for building rich Internet applications."

ECommerceTimes shares, "A survey conducted by Evans Data shows that open source developers are not adopting the third version of the GNU General Public License as quickly as some may have hoped. Those who remain reluctant to incorporate GPL v3 cited reasons ranging from questions of its enforceability in court to disagreements with some of its new components."

From WhatPC?, "The Mozilla Foundation has posted a 21 per cent rise in revenues over 2006, increasing its earnings to $66.8m."
Part 2
Computer World Singapore posts, "The most influential factor for deploying open source technology is better protection against security breaches, according to an IDC survey of open source adoption plans and challenges in Australia, Korea, India, and China."

PRNewswire releases, "Zimbra, a Yahoo! company, the leader in open source, next-generation messaging and collaboration software, today announced that more than 200 educational institutions have chosen the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) in the past year. Zimbra now has more than 600,000 mailboxes at academic institutions in more than 15 countries.."

Information Week reports, "The sheer number of changes coming every two to three months from Linus Torvalds' "code tree" is a sign of accelerating kernel development. The process so far has produced undeniably high-quality, reliable code...But make no mistake: Torvalds is pushing open source development tactics to new extremes. As the kernel grows in size and complexity, the rapid-fire iterations are straining the capacity of the community of volunteers who test and debug them."

From the Blogosphere

Blue-GNU shares, Richard Stallman, "highlight(ed) the special connection between Free Software and educational institutions. For those who recall teachers admonishing students to bring enough cookies to share with the class, Stallman similarly admonished educational institutions: "So every school should bring only Free Software to class, and set an example with its software of the practice of disseminating human knowledge while building a strong, capable, independent and free society. And encouraging the spirit of good will, of helping other people."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 23 October 2007

In the News

Information Week's Serdar Yegulalp asks, "And so now Microsoft has conceded its antitrust case in the EU. So what does this mean for open source and Linux? From what I can tell, it just means business as usual." reports, "Microsoft's compliance with the 2004 EU anti-trust ruling offering some good news to open source developers and users. The agreement will make it much easier for commercial and especially open source providers to create products that work with Microsoft products. As a result, Microsoft will no longer be able force itself upon new markets by offering a level of integration that isn't available from competing vendors."

ZDNet reports, "Open source systems management ISV Zenoss will reveal this week a partnership with rPath that will enable it to deliver VMware appliances in the VMware marketplace." opines, "The OpenSEA (Open Secure Edge Access) alliance, which was announced in May just ahead of the Las Vegas Interop show, is trying to prove that it's more than just a one-shot announcement with its first product release, debuting today ahead of this week's Interop New York 2007."

CNet informs us, "According to a survey of the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) [PDF], open source adoption is rampant within the rank-and-file of Oracle users...including widespread adoption of MySQL."

On the Blogosphere

Free and Open Source Software in Education shares, "Windows/Mac/Linux: Add clip art, advanced PDF functions, and in-editor Wikipedia searching to open source office suite with OxygenOffice Professional, a modified installation package and extension."

451 Caos Theory reports, "Two big open source stories from the UK: not only is retailing behemoth Tesco selling PCs bunded with the Ubuntu operating system but Becta, the government agency responsible for technology in the education system, has reported Microsoft to the Office of Fair Trading for alleged anti-competitive practices."

From ZDNet-UK: "Rather than investing time and energy into helping to promote real alternatives to Redmond's hold on school IT, Becta (The UK's advisor to the use of IT in schools) is simply using the OFT as a negotiating tool. Like many organisations, Becta seems incapable of thinking outside a Microsoft-defined box."

Tom Hoffman describes the promotion of this year's K-12 Open Mind's Conference as poor. Nonetheless, it turned out to be a great conference. He states, "The Open Minds Conference is the one we've been waiting for as a community. See you next year, in Indianapolis."

News from Manila: "The Commission on Information and Communications Technology expects to computerize 320 public high schools within the year through a project that donates computers loaded with open source software."

Christopher Dawson writes, "Maybe not for the average corporation yet, or even the average home user, but every time Canonical releases a new version of Ubuntu (and with it comes Edubuntu), Microsoft becomes a little less the default vendor of choice for educational computing."

Saturday, October 20, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 19 October 2007

In the News

News Blog reports, "Using open source as a competitive weapon to batter competitors yields paltry returns, according to (Oliver) Alexy," in a recently released research study.

Channel Web Network quotes Microsoft's Steve Balmer as saying, " "We will do some buying of companies that are built around open-source products..."

Matt Asay quotes from the book Nonzero, "To compete for high-status positions is to play a zero-sum game, since they are by definition a scarce resource. Yet one way to compete successfully is to invent technologies that create new non-zero-sum games. This is one of various senses in which the impetus behind cultural evolution, behind social complexification, lies in a paradox of human nature: we are deeply gregarious, and deeply cooperative, yet deeply competitive. We instinctively play both non-zero-sum and zero-sum games. (27)" Asay claims that this book is full of ideas related to the OS community.

Lee Gomes writes in the Wall Street Journal, "Even though Linux is easier than ever to use, the dream of many Linux buffs of it replacing Windows as the desktop mainstay is, at best, stalled, and at worst, fading."

Also in the Wall Street Journal, "Linus Torvalds, head of development for Linux, comments on the operating system, its rival Windows, what motivates software developers and the occasional messiness of free choice."

On the Blogosphere

ZDNet reports, "Ubuntu 7.10 has some interesting and useful new features that make it worth taking a look at." provides "10 Things You Should Know about Open Source."

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 17 October 2007

In the News reports, "After weighing (Microsoft's) license terms against 10 criteria defined by the Open Source Definition, the (Open Source Initiative) said it approved the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL) and the Microsoft Reciprocal License (Ms-RL)." Is Microsoft the newest open source company? also states, "Long criticized as a company that benefited from many open source projects without giving back in kind, and hounded to make its Java language open source, Sun has abruptly shifted course in the last year under new CEO Jonathan Schwartz."

PC Mag's John Dvorak writes, "...Over the weekend, Uncle Dave posted a rant on my blog by longtime network admin Marc Perkel. He went off on MySQL, Linux, and much (more)...I wasn't surprised that the number of comments immediately rose to over 100. But I was a little surprised at the sheer number of comments that featured that same peculiar whining you'd hear a decade or more ago, when you said something critical about the Amiga."

CNet Blog's Matt Asay reports, "Palamida has received a fair amount of press related to its tracking of the rise of GPLv3, most of it positive, but this doesn't do the company justice. Palamida's innovative inclusion of security with code/legal analysis - helping customers discover potential vulnerabilities in their code before they ship - is a welcome addition to the open-source world." states, "Craig Cumberland, director of technology and applications marketing for software platforms at Nokia, said the company offers solutions for traditional C++ developers, Java developers, dynamic language developers, an emerging market of open-source developers, as well as the burgeoning superclass of Web developers." Expect more mobile apps.

On the Blogosphere

Tina Gasperson ponders, "An open source "Second Life" for Linden Labs?"

Solid Office reports that the National Archives of Australia "developed a custom tool to help manage the archival process, named it Xena, and released it as open source using Sourceforge."

Claims made by Microsoft that Linux violates its software patent have not affected sales of Linux-based hardware, according to Dell's CEO Michael Dell," according to

Tectonic quotes Google software engineer Jim Zhuang as saying, "Because many people wanted to search and launch applications, we added that functionality to Desktop for Linux. (This product) now supports many more image formats and will show better thumbnails for them in your search results."

Steve Hargadon writes, "Last week, 300+ educators (maybe 350?) gathered in international hot-spot Indianapolis for the first K-12 Open Minds Conference, focused on the use of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS or OSS) in K-12 schools."

Hargadon also reports, "Booting up Ubuntu takes just about exactly 60 seconds, from start to productivity. " He's running his laptop on Linux full time.

After running 28 Linux computer stations as his small town library, PShapiro writes, "What's most fascinating to me is that members of the public have no clue that they're not using Windows."

News Blog states, "(University of California) Berkeley officials claimed in a statement that the university is the first to make full course lectures available on YouTube. The school said that over 300 hours of videotaped courses will be available at provides suggestions for using old PCs.

Monday, October 15, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 15 October 2007, Part 2

In the News

CNN Money reports, "Continuing to deliver on its long-standing commitment to the Open Source community, Oracle today announced the contribution and a preview release of an enhanced Oracle Call Interface (OCI8) database driver for PHP."

Wired states, "Jono DiCarlo over at Humanized, a company dedicated to creating “humane” user interfaces, recently wrote up some interesting examples of both the good and the bad in open source software design." Read DiCarlo's article.

Rob Enderle writes in IT Business Edge, "Watching Microsoft deal with open source’s popularity kind of mirrors the Five Steps of Grief, normally applied when someone faces a terrible loss. Those steps are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance."

CNet reports on IBM's Lotus Symphony. Will it challenge Microsoft's desktop applications?

In the Blogosphere

Pramnos reports, "Linux gives us many opportunities to use our old hardware and keep it alive while saving money." The post provides suggestions on how to do this.

Softpedia writes, "...While it sounds like Windows Vista delivered an unexpected window of opportunity for the increase in adoption of Mac OS X and Linux, the fact of the matter is that the two rival platforms have almost flatlined in terms of uptake in 2007."

The Wayward Word Press reports on a New York Times article considering the virtues of Linux. Why would anyone want to use Linux? "(Politics is) not the most compelling reason for consumers. There is the price: Linux is free, or nearly so." Dave Shields also reminds us to pay attention to Ubuntu. writes about sorting. That's right, sorting.

K-12 Open Source News, 15 October 2007

In the News

NDTV Profit reports, "Microsoft Corporation today announced two new initiatives at the Microsoft Interoperability Conclave held in Bangalore....Microsoft's first Interoperability Lab in India, designed to help customers envision and build solutions which are interoperable; and an Open Source Technology Program designed to further open source research and development of open source applications on the Windows platform..."

A New York Times editorial claims, "Google isn’t making a phone, it is developing an open-source cellphone operating system. Google will, no doubt build some proprietary applications that run on it..."

From the U.N. Dispatch: "Yesterday, the United Nations Foundation and the Vodafone Group Foundation announced the successful conclusion of a year long pilot program that integrated open source mobile phone technology into the public health systems of Kenya and Zambia."

"Linspire, Inc., developer of the Linspire commercial and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems and, a free Linux software delivery service, (recently) announced the immediate availability of Linspire 6.0, the latest commercial release of the desktop Linux operating system."

Thursday, October 04, 2007

K-12 Open Source News, 04 October 2007

In the News

"NComputing announced this week that its multi-user virtual desktop software and low-cost virtual PC terminals will be used to equip every school child in the Republic of Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia, with a Linux desktop. " Read the rest at also reports, "Ending months of rumors, Hewlett-Packard appears to have released its first mass-market PC with pre-installed Linux. Specifically, the company will soon be selling RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) Desktop 5 on its HP dx2250 PC to Australian customers."

Read articles by Deborah White, FOSS activist and Bangor Daily News columnist.

The Daily Tar Heel reports, "The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a city to host its international conference for 2008 - and UNC is planning an event that would coincide with it. Among the finalists are Alexandria, Egypt; and Cape Town, South Africa; as well as Atlanta and London."

In the Blogosphere

Free and Open Software in Education writes, "Need help making the jump to Ubuntu? Check this site out!"

Dave Richards releases his new book entitled, "Linux Thin Client: Networks Design and Deployment." It's a quick guide for system administrators. writes about the benefits that will come from IBM's entrance to the party. She also informs us that 2.3 has been released.

Crucial Thought reports, "Starting November 12, you’ll be able to buy an OLPC laptop which includes one donated to someone else. The price is $399."

Randy Hergett, HP's director of engineering for open-source and Linux organization said, "Linux is "ready for most applications," he said, noting that there are telecommunications companies running mission-critical databases on Linux, and overall adoption levels are ramping up." Read the article at ZDNet.

Coming Up on the Calendar

Don't forget the K-12 Open Minds Conference.