The #GoOpen campaign is a terrific first step toward open education. It raises awareness of alternatives to costly and inflexible textbooks and provokes conversations about the nature of curriculum platforms and vendors. But to #GoOpen is to go only part way. Schools with the courage to embrace OER materials can amplify cost savings and student learning when they #GoOpenSource.
At Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Linux and open source software are the foundations for more than 4000 student laptops, classroom computers, and district servers. We've saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by going open source in both the server room and the classroom. However, schools don’t have to take the plunge into desktop Linux all at once. Choosing even one open source upgrade to proprietary software can provide dramatic budget relief. Here are four open source software platforms that saved our district from resorting to bake sales:
Univention Corporate Client 3.0 OS Switches to Unity, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Softpedia was informed by Univention's Maren Abatielos about the release and general availability of the Univention Corporate Client (UCC) 3.0 GNU/Linux operating system and management system for thin clients, PCs, or laptop computers.
LinuxCon & 25 Years, New Slack Live, Gentoo's Demise
All the talk of the last couple of days has been about Linux and LinuxCon. As Linux celebrates 25 years, big names gather to remember the past and plan for the future. Even Microsoft is getting in on the act. Elsewhere, Eric Hameleers released a new Slackware Live based on the latest Slackware-current and Jack Germain said Slackware 14.2 "doesn't cut newbies any Slack." Jim Lynch picked up on a conversation discussing the slow but steady demise of Gentoo as the community said farewell to a passing friend. Distrowatch.com carried a review of Gentoo 20160514 Live and Mint 18 KDE Beta was released.
Linux Kernel 3.2.82 LTS Is Out with Btrfs and x86 Improvements, Updated Drivers
Linux kernel developer Ben Hutchings announced the availability of a new maintenance update for the long-term supported Linux 3.2 kernel series, version 3.2.82.