Open Source Solutions


NetBeans IDE Adds Support for JDK 7 Developer Preview, HTML5 Editing

Version 7.0 of NetBeans integrated development environment (IDE) is now available for Mac OS X, Windows, Solaris, and Linux. This free, open-source tool supports development of desktop, enterprise, mobile, and Web applications with Java, PHP, JavaScript and Ajax, Groovy and Grails, and C/C++.

Stretching IT Budgets with Open Source and Virtualization

Jeremy Fluhmann knows how to stretch a dollar. The technology director for Winters Independent School District in Winters, TX had a budget that would allow him to refresh about 50 computers a year. That's just a fraction of the 650 to 670 end user devices he estimated his two-person IT team supports in the district.

Moodle Tackles LMS Security Vulnerabilities

Moodle's developers have released an update to the popular open source learning management system. The latest Moodle 2.0.2 and 1.9.11 releases address several major security vulnerabilities and also include some bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Oracle ADF Mobile Client Enables Local Java Apps on Mobile Platforms

Oracle has extended its Application Development Framework (ADF) to include Oracle ADF Mobile Client, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware. It enables developers to create Java-based apps that run locally on mobile devices.

Open Content in Practice

A virtual high school in Utah shuns textbooks and relies on open content for 100 percent of its coursework.

Microsoft Takes Open Source Interoperability Effort Global

Microsoft hasn't always had smooth relationships with open source software communities. But with its new senior director of open source communities, Gianugo Rabellino, the company is reaching out in new ways to open source developers and working to fulfill its "interoperability pledge."

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.

An Education in Open Source

At Maryland's Chelsea School, free and open source software is helping deliver services to the school's elementary students inside the classroom and out--from audio editing software to learning apps for special needs students to course management. In fact, open source so permeates Chelsea that some students are even working to contribute code back to the open source development community.

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