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    Contributions wanted - Open source options for Education

    Hi EduGeeks!
    I work for OSS Watch, a Jisc-funded service providing unbiased advice and support for open source in UK education.

    We're currently working on a document called "Open Source Options for Education", which we're creating to complement the UK Cabinet Office's own "Open Source Options" document, with much the same aims outlined in that document's introduction. The real difference is that we're looking specifically at software that's relevant to educational establishments (i.e. not general purpose OSes, network tools, office software etc).

    My reason for posting this here is that we'd like to open up the document for comment and contributions before we create the publish the final draft on our website. You can view and edit the document in it's current state at http://oss.ly/osoed or
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...IUngLRaF4/edit (Not shortened)

    I you feel you've got something valuable to add in the form of software we've missed or good examples of real world usage, please do so. If you've got any general comments and observations, you can add them in the document's comments or in this thread.
    Last edited by ZeroHour; 13th December 2012 at 03:17 PM. Reason: Added unshortened url - ZeroHour

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    some we use:
    ZoneMinder -CCTV
    Scratch - Programming
    Appinventor - Programming
    VLC - multimedia
    Komposer - web dev
    Handbrake - video encoding
    MythTV - recording TV channels
    KVM - virualisation


    Various linux distros on comuters, samba for file/print serving, Apache for web, MySQL for databases.

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    It would be good into include SIF which is a open standard to exchange data between education systems.

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    We've often referred to Open Source Victoria's "Catalog of Free and Open Source Software for Education". It can be found here - OSV - Catalog of Free and Open Source Software for Education

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    It would be good into include SIF which is a open standard to exchange data between education systems.
    We're specifically looking at software rather than standards in this case. Are there any examples of open source software implementing the standard that you're aware of? One area where our list is currently lacking is MIS/student records systems so we'd be very keen to hear about software in this area (specifically for the UK).
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    One of the things that's missing on your list is a gauge of maturity / development cycle. A couple of the things you've listed are distinctly in the "hey, just sync from our git repository" stage of development rather than the "here's the automatically built binaries (or tarball, for webapps) and supporting packages from the latest stable build" stage.

    That's not necessarily a problem assuming decent coding standards and an active project, but it does raise the required level of knowledge for deployment and has implications for patching.

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    Thanks to everyone for your input. I'll work the suggestions we've recieved into a final draft in the new year which will be published on our website. If anyone has any feedback or questions in the mean time, feel free to continue contributing on the document.

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    Replace MS server 2003/2008/2012 with FreeBSD and Samba

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    Thanks Andrew, however the more general server/infrastructure stuff (relevant beyond education) is covered in the UK Cabinet Office's existing document. We're really looking for stuff that has a specific application in education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattGreaves View Post
    Paint.NET - Art/Photography
    Its not open source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Its not open source.
    Which is ashame as it actually has a usable UI.

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    Paint.NET

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Its not open source.
    True, but on the basis of the licence:

    "Paint.NET is free for use in any environment, including but not necessarily limited to: personal, academic, commercial, government, business, non-profit, and for-profit. "Free" in the preceding sentence means that there is no cost or charge associated with the installation and use of Paint.NET. Donations are always appreciated, of course! Paint.NET - Donate

    Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software (the "Software"), to use the Software without restriction, including the rights to use, copy, publish, and distribute the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so."

    I quite happily use it. I know it's not true OSS, but is there a problem that I should be aware of?

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