A piece from Guardian Unlimited explains the Open University’s commitment to Moodle. A slippery and evasive piece from a DfES mandarin can be found here (Health warning: reading this may be bad for your blood presure.)
Archive for October, 2006
… is the theme of two (here and here) recent pieces. HP says it too, so it must be true.
Among the torrent of news items about Firefox 2, we noticed these which are more than the usual list of new or not-so-new features:
Possibly free beer being drunk at one of the release parties;
A piece by Gervaise Markham analysing the hyperactivity on the net in the days and hours leading up to the release;
A piece […]
Oracle’s announcement of what it describes as
Enterprise-Class Support for Linux
has created a stir, on the financial blogs, in Forbes (here and here and here and here (this the only one from the hitherto ubiquitous Daniel Lyons) and … , Californian newssheets, our own ZDNet and doubtless many other outlets.
… is one way of greeting the new release! This page does link to a lengthy and detailed comparison of the main browser offerings after the recent burst of activity.
Inevitably, there has been vast and world-wide coverage of the new Firefox; we picked up this from India, this from an interesting […]
… according to MacworldUK .
A couple of days ago we mentioned a piece in the Guardian about the tensions around GPLv3. Glyn Moody has a piece in Linux World bringing together the opinions of the protagonists.
I contacted Richard Stallman for the FSF angle, and a bunch of the top kernel hackers - Linus, Alan Cox, […]
… is debated here and here.
Both have radical things to say about addressing the problems device drivers cause to users; one says
Unfortunately, it’s their openness and freedom that is holding them back
and the other
the clash between proprietary and open source software communities contributes to the problem
… is the title of a piece in today’s Guardian, which opines that
perhaps it’s not surprising that a plan to revise the “constitution” of the free software world, Richard Stallman’s General Public Licence (GPL), has split the hacker world in two
but concludes with these quotes from the key players
Stallman says this is not the start […]
Blogging for Media Watch is sometimes done in a 250-year old cottage up a mountain in North Wales so here is a recent story from Ping Wales and another rather older, but still current and worth reading.
Highly relevant to FLOSS offerings are two further stories, about the online Welsh dictionary and Welsh language […]
A consortium consisting of leading European Open Source projects, consultants and research bodies has secured EU funding to measure the quality of Open Source software.
Software Quality Observatory for Open Source Software (SQO-OSS) has raised €3.2 million to build tools that will enable software companies and Open Source projects to benchmark the quality of their application’s […]
A fairly measured piece about the Wikipedia fork from Guardian Unlimited.
Make what you will of the byline on this piece.
A rather strange piece from the Seattle Times.
A couple of success stories from across the pond.
TechNewsWorld has an update on Massachusetts’ embrace of open technology, open standards and open source source software.
Massachusetts’ plan for adoption of open standards has been in place since 2003, according to Tim Vaverchack, manager of shared services for Massachusetts’ information technology division. “Our main focus is to bring in as many open source products […]
Creative Match reports that
The BBC and Microsoft Corp have taken a step toward strengthening their working alliance and exploring digital opportunities for next generation broadcasting
Two of the finest pedigrees of the digital age have come together to explore the new media terrain which companies must now traverse.
Is there a reader in the know […]
Last month the EU hosted a workshop on the impact of FLOSS on the competitiveness of the ICT sector in Europe. You can read what happened next here and the somewhat hyperactive outcome reported earlier this week by TechWorld :
A leaked letter to the European Commission has revealed the extent of lobbying by proprietary […]
… came and went while we were not watching.
The first of these links begins with one of The Inquirer’s many hilarious “misprints”.
Go here for FFII’s review of the situation as it stood on 5 October. Things changed again on 12 October.
A report from the other side of the battle lines appears here.