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LinuxToday.com.au: Monash's Open Source Success Story

May 24, 2000, 14:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kirrily Robert)

[ Thanks to Mike Cannon-Brookes for this link. ]

"Monash University have recently developed an internal "portal" website, My Monash, using open source tools. It's an interesting choice, given that the site is part of a enterprise-wide move towards "flexible learning and teaching", sponsored by the very top people in the University, and that the competition were big-name vendors like IBM and Lotus."

"And it all runs on open source software?

The portal runs almost entirely on open source software, served by Apache, using mod_perl and HTML::Mason as the glue, and integrating with other resources using the richness of the CPAN libraries. The system currently runs on Solaris, using an Oracle database, since these are corporate standards, but has been successfully tested to run on Linux, where most of the development occurs."

"Why did you choose it?

I can't imagine using anything else to work with so many different technologies. Perl is naturally the first choice for any major web development, and it was also where most of our experience lay. But it was the breadth of support and integration available through the CPAN modules that made Perl so attractive. Monash University has a high commitment to open standards solutions, due to our diverse operating environment..."

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