playing with the BigBlueButton

After yesterday's big announcement, I thought I should give BigBlueButton another look. An open source alternative is pretty attractive, now that the others are all absorbed into the Bborg. I played around trying to get BBB to install in my Ubuntu Server VM in VirtualBox, but made the mistake of updating Ubuntu to 10.0.4, while BBB only works on 9.0.4. Oops. But BBB provides a VM disk image, making the process of setting up a fresh VM server absolutely trivial....

July 8, 2010 · 4 min

OpenAcademic.org - blending Moodle, Drupal, Mediawiki, Elgg

I must have blinked when this was announced, but OpenAcademic.org sounds like a perfect scenario. Development efforts to integrate some of the biggest open source tools used in online education. It sounds like the goal is to come up with a way for Drupal, Elgg, Mediawiki and Moodle to all play nicely together, in such a way as to be easily deployable and maintainable by even the smallest school. Rather than attempting to build The One True LMS, they're taking the approach of playing to the strengths of the available tools, and putting the effort into integration....

September 9, 2006 · 2 min

Expensive Open Source Conference

I had been making a case to attend OSCON2006 this year, the logic being that it's a better fit for what I'm doing now than WWDC is. OSCON is a gathering of open source projects and programmers/developers, with tracks on various cool open source technologies, methodologies, etc... WWDC is a corporate developers conference, aimed specificially at core Apple technologies (with some obvious trickle-over into open source as well). The sub-thought was that I could save some coin in our budget by going to an open source conference, rather than a high-end corporate one....

June 28, 2006 · 3 min

LeMill - Plone-powered Learning Object Repository

Teemu Leinonen posted a link on the IIEP-OER list, referencing the LeMill project he's working on. I just checked it out, and it's pretty cool. This one is based on the Plone content management system / framework, so it's great to see what can be done on top of these maturing platforms. It's still being developed, but it looks like LeMill is another great option as a CAREO replacement. It's got some things in it that CAREO lacks (collections - an evolution of "...

June 20, 2006 · 2 min

Flock Beta 1 Cardinal

Flock hit beta 1 (or 0.7, depending on how you count) yesterday, and it seems like a really solid release. My favorite feature isn't even part of the core Flock code - it's got more Extensions enabled, including Mouse Gestures! I'm hoping they nailed down the nasty memory leaks that plagued previous builds, and cleaned up the window opening code, which could take several seconds to spawn a new browser window....

June 14, 2006 · 1 min

University of Calgary selects Drupal as "official" content management system

I hinted at this in a previous post, but it wasn't "official" yet so I didn't provide any details. It's now official. The University of Calgary just finished the official CMS selection process, including input from ~140 web folks on campus and 6 presentations on 6 different CMS options. I was asked to present on Drupal, drawing on what we've done on some projects, and how it might fit into a larger community and workflow on campus....

June 9, 2006 · 3 min

EduGlu on Eduforge.org

To prevent myself from backing away from this, I've gone ahead and requested a new project on Eduforge.org to host the mythical EduGlu application development. I've got no idea what this thing might be - not even what language it will be written in - but I'm sticking a flag into the sand to say I'll help build this sucker. It's going to have to be a spare time / after hours project for me, since I'm already way booked at work....

February 14, 2006 · 1 min

Open Source Beer

One of the extracurricular activities after Northern Voice included a quick excursion led by Jon to The Railway Club (a couple of blocks from Robson Square). We wound up sampling the überbrü - the Open Source Beer. Brian had written about überbrü a while back, and I was intrigued by the idea - an open recipe for a brew, for sale only in local micrew bars (or at home). Yet another good conversation, lubricated by a surprisingly good beer....

February 13, 2006 · 1 min

Unison File Synchronizer

I'm trying out Unison File Synchronizer as a way to keep my two machines at work in sync. Unison inherits many concepts from source code management tools like CVS and SVN, and can manage bidirectional updates (even merges). I've done a test sync, firing the contents of my Powerbook over on top of my deskop's home directory. It took only about 20 minutes or so to copy stuff over, but a long, tedious process of approving or reconciling conflicts made the process last many times longer than that....

August 10, 2005 · 2 min

OurMedia.org goes live!

Well, it's officially in alpha anyway. I just created an account on OurMedia.org - a joint venture between Marc Canter's folks and Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive group. Marc was pimping the project back at Northern Voice - but it was undergoing last minute tweaks so wasn't officially released then. It offers free hosting for content (audio, video, images, etc...) for eternity, as part of the Internet Archive project. Very cool....

March 19, 2005 · 2 min