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.

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.

Next Stop: OpenSim!

An emerging virtual world platform is the destination of droves of emigrant avatars, as a price hike and the shutdown of the teen-only grid have prompted an educator exodus away from Second Life.

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.

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.

Virtual Schools Adopt Moodle-Based LMS

The state-run virtual schooling programs in South Carolina and Utah have adopted learning management systems based on the open source Moodle platform.

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.

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