Why you should embrace open source

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Open Source as Business Strategy by Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel. The reasons to engage with open source include the following: * Getting high-quality, free software and software design and development help. Changing pricing practices.

Open Source Business Model

Tony Karrer

A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting ( Tosh , Siemens , Downes , Tosh 2 , ). However, there are lots of companies that are making money from open source and freemium models. A friend of mine has a company that builds open source applications in spaces that are a bit less innovative than Elgg, but they do very well financially through the packaging and support models.

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Learning Tools Directory 2011

Jane Hart

In terms of pricing, others have changed their pricing models, with some now only providing a “lite&# version for free with pricing plans for more functionality, whereas others are offering free, open source versions – notably a couple of the LMS vendors.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Engaging Web design from Dutch dept. store HEMA (props to my dad for the link)

Mark Oehlert

is a good price for the "ghettoblaster" January 30, 2008 in design | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Engaging Web design from Dutch dept.

The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the mid 1990s, Nordhaus looked at the evolution of the price of light over the past two centuries in Do Real-Output and Real-Wage Measures Capture Reality? By this measure, the true price of light has plummeted by considerably more than a hundredfold since the early 1800s.

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professional learner’s toolkit

Harold Jarche

Blogging Tool : This blog is built on WordPress open source software, designed and hosted by Tantramar Interactive. Communication & Collaboration : Zoom for meetings and video conferencing is my preferred platform and I have a Pro account which is well worth the $15/month price.

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We know less about the sources of value in the economy than we did 25 years ago,” wrote economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders in MIT’s Sloan Review: . “We If the price is zero, then “zero times any quantity is still zero.

Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

Andy McAfee

It’s true that this spending has been pretty flat for the past fifteen years, but we should keep in mind that this is also the time when open source software and the cloud and everything-as-a-service burst on the scene.

Serverless Computing - An Innovative Approach to Software Development

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There’s also an open-source serverless platform, Apache OpenWhisk , on which IBM’s offerings are based, as well as those from other vendors. I n October of 2008, The Economist published a special report on a then relatively new, rapidly growing IT development, - cloud computing.

Seven years and still independent

Harold Jarche

I was an advocate of open source software before it was popular with the mainstream. Of course, there is always a price to pay for that, as I continue to learn. I’ve been putting my thoughts on this blog for seven years now.

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. Major Commercial PageSuite Commercial software, pricing not available, demo not functioning. I've contacted them for a demo and pricing. Open Source Props Open source software available from Sourceforge ; PHP and MySQL; not updated since 2008.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IT was then undergoing a similar transformation, as cloud service providers were starting to offer IT-as-a-Service with near unlimited scalability at very attractive prices, based on a flexible pay-as-you-go delivery model.

What is thought to be is rarely real

Dave Snowden

It's one of a series of standard applications of SenseMaker® that use predefined signifier sets that we are now launching as a lower price entry point requiring less training and understanding. It's an open source method but I'd recommend mentoring the first time you run it.

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Cynefin for strategy: new seminars

Dave Snowden

It will be method based so all the material is or will be open source and we have kept the very competitive pricing for a C level seminar and we have the normal discounts for block bookings and people who want to "repeat".

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a suit

Harold Jarche

Nobody has seen you drive into your private parking spot with your high price car. The collaborative, networked enterprise saw its birth in open source software projects. Tweet What is so different about working online?

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[berkman] Karim Lakhani on disclosure policies and innovation

David Weinberger

Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School (and a Berkman associate, and a member of the Harvard Institute for Quantititative Social Science ) is giving a talk called “How disclosure policies impact search in open innovation, atopic he has researched with Kevin Boudreau of the London Business School. E.g., open source software. It was a two week contest, $30K price. E.g., Open Science tends to publish when near done, while Open Source tends to be more iterative.

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the advent of the steam engine in the late 18th century, technology advances have been radically improving the productivity of business, enabling companies to significantly lower their prices while providing higher quality products and services.

[berkman] Piracy in developing countries

David Weinberger

Three areas of research: Pricing: The persistence of high and relatively uniform media prices in the developing world; the industry wants to protect the value of their goods in Western markets rather than worrying about making it available in the developing world. Uniform and high prices plus poverty is pretty much the recipe for piracy. Joe shows a table of prices of Coldplay’s Viva La Vida in six countries. The legal price ranges from $8.50

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lucky 13

Harold Jarche

I was an advocate of open source software before it was popular with the mainstream. Of course, there is always a price to pay for that, as I continue to learn. Today marks 13 years of blogging here, with 2,901 posts.

The Evolution of Collaborative Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

days, the community concept behind Linux and open source in general was mystifying to many. A number of companies were also concerned about using software developed by an open, distributed community, as opposed to a single vendor, as was typically the case. So, we further explained that the open community developing Linux included some of the top programmers and computer scientists around the world.

The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Having been implemented in open source software, Bitcoin’s sophisticated protocols are widely available, which has helped bring it increasing usage and prominence. .

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The top 10 reasons your mobile learning strategy will fail | Dawn.


Click here to enlarge Today, while other areas of information publishing have experienced tremendous cost efficiencies and scalability through single-source development, content reusability and cross-platform delivery, eLearning has barely budged from its tactical approach.

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How do you measure the value of the explosive amounts of free goods available over the Internet, including Wikipedia articles, Facebook social interactions, Linux open source software and You Tube videos?

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

It was released as open-source software in 2009. “An open-source, public, blockchain-based distributed computing platform featuring smart contract (scripting) functionality, which facilitates online contractual agreements.

My Network Curates My Tool Choices

Nancy White

While GTM tends to offer a lower price point, there is a cost. My first choice these days is [link] – an instance of the open source Etherpad hosted by Peter Kaminski. Thursday I’m a guest respondent for an ODI webinar on networks in international development.

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: The product-to-service.

Martijn Linssen

So I wrote a letter (yes its really long ago) to the companys CEO, got a response and 60% off the price - he also agreed the cost of the service was too high given the value of the product itself I bought myself a new laptop yesterday, a budget one costing less than 500 euro, for my new startup.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IT was then undergoing a similar transformation, as cloud service providers were starting to offer IT-as-a-Service with near unlimited scalability at very attractive prices, based on a flexible pay-as-you-go delivery model. The strategy, which is spreading despite added costs and headaches, in part reflects a shifting view of the cloud from a more efficient, cost-cutting tool, to a source of business innovation and new revenue, chief information officers and industry analysts say.”.


Doc Searls

In the last post we talked about price. There’s a broad class of goods that either have no price, or that you can get for free whether they have prices or not. Or, if you’re an open source developer, help us out.

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Make imperfect copies

Harold Jarche

However, Jaiku is now open source and may grow into something else, under Google’s umbrella. Meanwhile, Yammer started making some headway in business micro-blogging, but it’s a proprietary platform that could go the way of Ning and suddenly change its pricing model.

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A Lexicon of Sustainability

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We asked people to develop a lexicon around food sources We started with the word ''sustainability''. People talk about GMOs as privatizing seeds, etc - vbut that didn''t happen here; he open-sourced the seeds. There''s an initiative to tag a fish so you know where and how it was sourced. Everything was based simply on price. They re-opened the pie shop, and the town began to grow again. All resources open sourced and free.

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Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

Andy McAfee

It’s true that this spending has been pretty flat for the past fifteen years, but we should keep in mind that this is also the time when open source software and the cloud and everything-as-a-service burst on the scene.

Introduction to Social Networking

Harold Jarche

As our Work Literacy Ning site (2008) is in danger of getting bumped off the Net due to Ning’s new pricing policy , I will post some of the key articles here so we don’t lose them. Now open to anyone, you will still find that Facebook is the preferred network for Millenials who see the encroachment of Boomers and, to a lesser extent, Gen X into the network as cause for some alarm. For instance, this website is on WordPress , an open source blogging platform.

LMS Solution for Simple Partner Compliance Training

Tony Karrer

But it’s almost like my background with and knowledge of all the different LMS products (see LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers , Low Cost Learning Management Systems , Rapid Learning Management Systems and Open Source Learning Management Systems ) feels like it’s hurting me in this task. Pricing is very attractive on some of these.

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. I''m one of the people that had a significant hand in designing the original concept of the Massive Open Online Course.

How to Get the Greatest ROI from eLearning


The price of an LMS is a huge consideration in determining the overall cost of the initial investment into eLearning.In It’s safe to say that no intelligent individual has ever spent a significant amount of time and money on an investment that did not promise to yield a good return.

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Risks to Gartner’s smartphone forecasts: will Microsoft beat Apple, Nokia execute, and Samsung fail?

Trends in the Living Networks

We are at the point in technology and supply chain development at which an iPhone-style product can be delivered at a low price point. Gartner has just released some very interesting forecasts for smartphone operating system sales until 2015, as below.

Low Cost LMS - Help Needed

Tony Karrer

I have not had much luck with open source LMS programs, mainly because of technical limitations on our part. Also, are the price quotes mentioned above reasonable? Tim Seager of Xerceo posted about this issue and suggested a some resources: GSA Advantage - This is a very interesting site to visit and see pricing that's been established by contract with the government. Still fantastic to have a resource with pricing. LMS pricing stats by Richard Nantel.

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Is it too late to save the Net from the carriers?

Doc Searls

Both pieces are in Wired , which is clearly on our side with this thing — especially since, if Marvin is right, Wired might someday need to pay the carriers for privileged carriage on what used to be the free and open (aka “neutral”) Internet.

The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Presented to the Best Practices in Upgrading Online,Calgary, via Adobe Connect, March 29, 2011 The very first thing I want to do is to counter thedisclaimer that frightened me as this session opened, it was very loud, andsaid all kinds of things about how this was all private and cannot be shared.You can share this presentation all you want. I do want to talk about the role of open educationalresources in personal learning. What does it mean to say thatour network is open?

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Firefox, another really successful open source project. Open sources is a success, we all know that, it's nothing new. But how does open source software development work? Almost every open source project uses peer review. What github does is allow your entire open source development is open? Started out in the formal model, now a very dynamic open source project. It started with open source.

Closed Tab Clearance Sale

Doc Searls

Inventor of World Wide Web warns of threat to internet – Yahoo News Wetmachine » Tales of the Sausage Factory » The Sustainable Economics of Open Source and Open Spectrum. Websites Vary Prices, Deals Based on Users’ Information – WSJ. Music & broadcasting. Copyright land grab by The Turtles threatens digital music, will not help young musicians — Tech News and Analysis. What to Do About Pre-’72s? Future of Music Coalition.

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[berkman][liveblog] Robin Chase

David Weinberger

E.g., Facebook, Skype, Meetup, YouTube, MOOCs, open source, Blockchain, etc. Open up these assets, e.g., data.gov and GPS. A year and a half ago DuoLingo opened up its processes: Russians learning Balinese, etc. “The benefits of shared open assets are always larger than the problems associated with open assets.” We need to put a high price on that.” We need to put a high price on that.

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Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The practical implementation of connectivism is the massive open online course, or MOOC. The CCK08 course and all the other courses we have developed since have been based on open educational resources (OERs). From your web & blog, we found you were a passionate advocate of OER, can you share with us your first experience about open online educational resource? I knew about open educational resources before anyone knew what the term meant.