Blackboard is buying out two major players in the open source services space: Moodlerooms and NetSpot. Blackboard has also brought onboard Sakai Project founding architect Charles Severance. With these additions, the company is also launching its own open source division: Blackboard Education Open Source Services.
- By David Nagel, Dian Schaffhauser
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 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.
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.
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.
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 has announced support for Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 6 on its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
The next version of Instructure's cloud-based and on-premises 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.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Oracle has announced the availability of the Java Platform Standard Edition 7 (Java SE 7). This is the first release of the core Java platform under Oracle's stewardship and the first new version of Java to make it out of the open source community in five years.
- By John K. Waters
Which open source learning management systems are right for K-12? Which districts are using them? And what has the experience been compared with commercial alternatives? THE Journal offers this overview of both popular and emerging LMS options for K-12 technology decision makers.
- By Natasha Wanchek