David Nailey has a new post on experimenting with open source in higher education. From the post:
Ironically, sometimes the problem is that open source communities are too helpful. We understand failure as part of the learning process, and give inexperienced contributors the benefit of the doubt. In a meritocracy, people don’t stop you from doing things–they support individuals in their pursuit of a goal, regardless of how wise that end goal might be.
Stephen Downes has a new post linking to a video introducing gRSShopper, which is open source personal aggregation/publishing software.
Mike Linksvayer has a new post on why it isn’t a good idea to using the CC0 license for public domain software. From the post:
We hadn’t set out with CC0 to improve on public domain dedications for software. However, since the release of CC0, we’ve been approached a number of times about using CC0 to dedicate software to the public domain. While we were happy to hear of this unanticipated demand, we wanted to tread very carefully so as to not create any unintended consequences for the free software ecosystem.
Note: Mike Linksvayer clarifies that it is actually acceptable to use CC0 for public domain software.
Several websites are reporting that the LMS company Instructure has received $8 million in funding. The company’s LMS, Canvas, is open source. Coverage from ReadWriteWeb, ZDNet Education and the Wall Street Journal.
Glyn Moody has a new post discussing why openness is inevitable. From the post:
Opening up a technology allows others to contribute innovations that individual companies might never have devised on their own, or at least much more quickly. By sharing the benefits, the task of pushing forward a project is divided among the participants – the more people that use and contribute, the faster and deeper the development.
John Spencer has a new post on how he saves money with Calibre and LibreOffice.
There is an interesting discussion thread on the future and challenges facing open educational resources on GETideas.org.
Nick Freear has a new post on why Creative Commons licenses shouldn’t be used for software. From the post:
The short answer is, if you use a Creative Commons License your software probably won’t be free software/ open source software, and therefore won’t be re-usable by others including developers (which is what you want right?)
Julie Bort has a new post on open source as socialism at its best. From the post:
Because of the power of “free” open source has forced closed, traditional commercial entities into not only offering products for no cost, but in offering really good, useful services for ‘free” to users.
Glyn Moody has a new post on the changing mission of Mozilla. From the post:
Indeed, it’s becoming clear that Web apps lie at the heart of the strategy for Mozilla.