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Open Source Making the Grade in Higher Education

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| Burgeoning success for open source eLearning and a string of major university
| wins for a commercial vendor point to a trend.
| Open source and higher education have a long and storied history. After all,
| BSD Unix originally came from the University of California at Berkeley, and
| Linux itself was created while Linus Torvalds was a student at the University
| of Helsinki.


Free BlackBerry Downloads: Five Open Source Mobile Apps

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| Can't get enough free BlackBerry downloads? Don't worry, we're here to help.
| This week we've gathered a handful of open source apps to help customize--and
| optimize--your RIM smartphone.



Chennai firm to sign pact with Anna University

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| Chennai-based software training and consulting company, NACE Solutions, is
| set to sign an agreement with the Anna University's AU-KBC research centre to
| offer a joint certification programme in its flagship course – LAMP (Linux -
| Apache - MySQL - PHP).


Peru: Software Libre

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| The software industry's pressure on the Government to crack down on piracy,
| unlike that from the movie industry, is likely to cause them far deeper
| losses as customers are forced to discover free alternatives. *
| News of universities in Peru taking advantage of these free, “open source”
| alternatives might mean this change is already on the way, potentially saving
| the Peruvian economy hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Thousands of
| graduates highly-trained in open source technologies might lead to Peru's
| institutions rejecting hard-sold and expensive lock-in agreements with
| companies such as Microsoft when the same software, often of equal or greater
| quality, is available for free. * * *
| El Comercio reports that universities in Abancay, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cerro
| de Pasco, Chiclayo, Huancayo, Lima, Piura, Puno, Tacna and Trujillo, are now
| giving classes and workshops in open source alternatives. *


Harvard starts teaching open source

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| As with all Harvard case studies, there is no resolution to the dilemma -
| just the open question (pun intended): To open source or not to open source?
| Not open sourcing, as the case study implies, is a losing game. There is
| simply too much interest in open communities created to develop software in
| the image of those communities, and not in any single vendor's image.


The Secret of Open-Source Project Success

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| What's the secret of success for open-source software projects? The same as
| other teams: trust, cooperation and a broad network of external contacts.
| Those are the main findings contained in an important new working paper by
| researchers at the University of Washington and the University of Texas at
| Dallas. The paper is entitled "Network Effects: The Influence of Structural
| Social Capital on Open Source Project Success."


The Class of 2.0 -- IBM Teams With Universities on 21st Century Skills

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| IBM's latest efforts expand on its university programs -- emphasizing both IT
| and business skills to meet the needs of a competitive, global workforce at
| over 2400 universities world-wide for over 2 million students. These
| initiatives include a series of mainframe programming skills for Linux taught
| at the University of Arkansas to a program designed for the University of
| Arizona to help students build, run and manage blogs, wikis and mashups. * *


IBM Linux education programme

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| One of the ICT education initiatives is the Linux Education
| Programme, through which 60 persons who already work in the
| ICT industry ambit will certify themselves as Linux Entry
| Level Administrators.


IBM, schools pursue open-source research

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| The program calls for researchers at IBM and the universities
| to work together on software projects in such fields as privacy
| and security, then release the results as open-source programming
| code that anyone can use or alter.


New IT course at seven institutions

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| Novell Inc has signed a memorandum of understanding with seven
| universities and institutes of higher learning to offer Open Source
| and Linux training as part of their information technology curriculum. *
| The institutions that signed up for the programme are INTI International
| University College and INTI College Subang , Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman
| College, Multimedia University , i-Systems College Kuching, Centre for IT
| Advancement ? International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Kuala
| Lumpur and German Malaysian Institute. *


IBM Linux education programme launched

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| Between March and July some 60 IT employees within the private
| and public sector will follow a training programme organised by
| the Ministry for Investment, Industry and IT (MIIIT) in
| conjunction with IBM which is sponsoring the training.


University of Regina offers open source course

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| In recent years, software giants like Microsoft have found open source
| software like Linux and Firefox nipping at their heels.
| Open source software is typically available for free and is set up so
| that programmers around the world can tinker with the code and make
| improvements.
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| Now, the University of Regina has joined the fray, launching its
| first senior-level course in open source software development.

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