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An Introduction to Open Source Integration with Education by Mind Map: An Introduction to Open Source Integration with Education
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An Introduction to Open Source Integration with Education

Use students!

Students can be your strongest asset - either through testing or even for developing

What is open source?


Describe the open source culture

Case studies

Low cost computer labs

LTSP, Lots of weak boxes

Linux, Lots of decent boxes

Sun Ray, Lots of ... Sun boxes..., Is Sun Ray open source?

Compare to..., Uhm... is there an LTSP enterprise style?, Citrix?, VMware?

OSS software apps, Firefox, OpenOffice

Central email service

Central webspace and filespace

Online content delivery

Custom web applications with PHP/MySQL, Web scheduler for DSS, Student/parent surveys, Extreme example: Intranet

CMS, Blackboard, Moodle, CMSes can deliver quizzes, protected content like scanned textbooks, wikis, grades, and other documents - save money, save the environment, etc., Collab (UVA going to switch to it)

Intrusion prevention (internet filtering from inside to outside)

(Does this fit with the presentation's theme?)

Access to school resources (e.g. databases) using proxy


Cost benefit analysis

Pros of open source

See above: "Why open source?"

Cons of open source

IT has to be motivated

People mess up, See Debian OpenSSL bug

Why open source?



No corporate style contractual obligations

Do as you please; just don't exploit OSS to your advantage


Actually integrating with existing infrastructure