Daily Links for Wednesday, December 24, 2009

Open Source Red Hat Revenues Up 18 Percent in Q3 eWeek / Darryl K. Taft Red Hat reported financial results for its fiscal year 2010 third quarter, showing revenues up 18 percent. For its third quarter ended November 30, 2009, Red Hat reported revenues of $194.3 million, up 18 percent…

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Topics on open source for college classes

I’ve been asked several times for some ideas about topics on open source that would be suitable for one or more classes at universities. While I know there are curricula out there, here are some specific discussion areas that could be covered in computer science or business classes: Open source…

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Looking for course plans about free and open source

I’m looking for some publicly available course plans that concern free and open source. I don’t mean freely available course content for something like organic chemistry, I mean general, economics, computer science, business or law school curricula that teach how to develop software, build communities, analyze, or build businesses with…

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links for 2007-08-27

Maybe, Just Maybe, It Really Is a Bad Idea Brazil says ‘no’ to Open Office XML – ZDNet UK “The bid to fast track Office Open XML as an ISO-certified standard has received a setback, with ISO member Brazil casting a ‘No’ vote.” (tags: ooxml microsoft) Microsoft Office XML Formats?…

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links for 2007-07-30

Virtual Worlds, Architecture Where’s Frank Lloyd Wright?: Architecture in Second Life – Kotaku “The Farnsworth House may be one of the most iconic pieces of modern architecture, and it also happens to be fairly unsuitable for habitation: what better place for it than the virtual world of Second Life?” (tags:…

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links for 2007-06-28

Mitch Wagner: Relaunching Our Discussion Group In Second Life – Digital Life Blog – InformationWeek “I’m very pleased to report that we’re teaming up with one of the best virtual-worlds news blogs, Metaversed, to beef up our ongoing discussion group in Second Life“ (tags: secondlife) The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog:…

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links for 2007-06-18

Linux and Open Source No Microsoft-Ubuntu deal in the works, Canonical CEO says | Tech news blog – CNET News.com “Anyone expecting a technical and legal partnership between Microsoft and Ubuntu distributor Canonical to follow existing Microsoft-Linux deals will be disappointed–at least for now.” (tags: linux microsoft ubuntu odf) Linux…

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links for 2007-06-14

Linux and Accounting Intuit Tests the Linux Waters with QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions “Intuit has decided to give Linux a try with its release on June 13 of QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions—Intuit’s financial and business management software for mid-market companies.” (tags: intuit linux accounting) I Only Believe What I Read In Vendor-Sponsored…

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links for 2007-06-12

The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: MIT’s Virtual Dormitories for Freshmen “With that in mind, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is turning to the virtual world, Second Life, to help freshmen choose dormitories with the ambiance and reputation that best meet their needs.” (tags: secondlife virtual_worlds education) Parallels breathes sigh of…

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links for 2007-06-11

Mac, Games, and Graphics Mac Rumors: World of Warcraft Update and Multithreaded OpenGL in Mac OS X 10.4.8 “Most notable, however, is support for Multithreaded OpenGL for Intel Macs running OS X 10.4.8 or higher.” (tags: mac opengl worldofwarcraft) Open Source and Education Linux News: Software: It’s Time to Consider…

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links for 2007-06-06

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: The Struggles of writing a research paper on Second Life by one who has been there. “Ryan Bretag’s most recent post on his struggles to write an educational research paper in Second Life are full of the ethical and professional dilemmas facing those who work and…

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links for 2007-05-22

The M.U.P.P.E.T.S. Project @ RIT “Through capitalizing on research in the areas of gaming and virtual community social psychology, RIT is engaged in a project to develop a Collaborative Virtual Environment” (tags: virtual_worlds education java) Linden Lab Shines New Light on Second Life With Acquisition Of Technology From Windward Mark…

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links for 2007-05-14

Report: Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents | CNET News.com Again. How tiresome. (tags: microsoft enemiesofopen) CodeGear goes Ruby on Rails route | CNET News.com “CodeGear, the development tool company spun out of Borland Software, has created a product specifically for Ruby on Rails.” (tags: rubyonrails ruby borland) Terra…

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Challenging the knee-jerk use of .doc in education

I was pointed to this from SolidOffice. The article is “Critical Thinking About Word and .doc” in Kairosnews: A Weblog for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy. It is must reading, in my opinion, if you just keep using .doc in education because you think everyone else does, and that’s just…

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links for 2007-03-03

ODF Microsoft playing three card monte with XML conversion | Open Source | ZDNet.com “Gary Edwards of the Open Document Foundation, a leading member of its technical committee, says Microsoft is playing proprietary games aimed at controlling XML file formats and preventing the Open Document Format from gaining a foothold.”…

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Blackboard sort of does a patent pledge

Today Blackboard, a company in the education and course management area, announced a patent pledge: Specifically, the Pledge commits Blackboard not to assert U.S. Patent No. 6,988,138 and many other pending patent applications against the development, use or distribution of open source software or home-grown course management systems anywhere in…

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links for 2007-01-18

Open Source Open Source Challenges Vista at U.K. Education Show ‘At the beginning of the assignment, Microsoft‘s commitment to ODF was assessed by Oakleigh as being “in denial.” At the end of the assignment it was assessed by them as “grudging acceptance” of the ODF standard.’ (tags: microsoft odf vista)…

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Student paper management via online writing and grading

My daughter Katie uses OpenOffice for her high school papers and saves her papers in ODF. She is one cool kid, if you ask me. I did not force this choice upon her. In August when I spoke at the United Nations, I was fortunate enough to get permission to…

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links for 2006-12-02

Open Source and Education Groklaw – SFLC Asks USPTO to Review and Revoke Blackboard’s Patent “I am very happy to tell you that the Software Freedom Law Center has filed a reexamination request with the USPTO regarding Blackboard’s eLearning patent.” (tags: education opensource) The Chronicle of Higher Education: Blackboard Patent…

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links for 2006-12-01

Open-source group wants educational patent reversed | CNET News.com “A legal center is trying to overturn a patent it says threatens three open-source educational projects, a sign of the tension between patent holders and the collaborative programming community.” (tags: opensource patents education) Microsoft Vista: Companies Can Wait “Corporate buyers may…

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links for 2006-11-27

Education, Open Source, and the UK Open Source Weblog: Becta denies open source school barriers “The British Education and Technology Agency, Becta, has strongly denied suggestions made by John Pugh MP in an early day motion before Parliament that its software purchasing policies are discouraging the use of open source…

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links for 2006-10-10

Regarding Documents Massachusetts CIO change worries ODF supporters Not me, according to what I said in the blog and am quoted on in the article. Who writes these headlines? (tags: odf massachusetts) tecosystems: Presentation Tools: Offline, Online and Something in Between Steve O’Grady returns to the ongoing discussion of presentation…

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Teach your children about open. Even better, show them.

I’ve been in Raleigh the last two days participating in the K-12 Open Technologies Summit at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. It was quite intense but this wasn’t a group singalong where everybody was singing the same song. Sure, almost all…

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