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Writing a book with the help of the Sakai free software community

Aug 11, 2009, 07:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The community has at its centre the Sakai Foundation, a non-profit organisation that manages the product roadmap, defends the product legally and coordinates conferences and supporting infrastructure such as the source code repository, bug tracking, Wiki, mailing lists and Quality Assurance. Organisations become members of the foundation and vote for a board. Investing in the Sakai Foundation is enlightened self-interest. If managed well it is cheaper and more reliable for a specific University to create an excellent student experience.

"In this competitive time where commercial companies sue free software products in an apparent attempt to gain market dominance it is good to have a biodiversity of free software products. Arguably, without Sakai, Moodle or other free learning management systems, the choice of online learning systems would come down to one major commercial player. If that commercial player gets an econnomic cold or pushes the license costs up then you will experiece the cos and the pain too. Free software creates choice and bypasses vendor lock in."

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