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."