Open source breaks distance barrier
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| "For several years I used the proprietary software package WebCT in
| my teaching," he says.
| "But we started to experience problems around 2001-02, after there was
| [an upgrade] of the package by the supplier. We began to experience
| difficulties with some operating platforms and browsers, especially on
| the older generation of computers. It also started to get rather slow
| and glitchy.
| "In an academic environment, what you need is simplicity and reliability,
| so we started to look elsewhere."
| Hughes explains that colleagues pointed to Moodle, an open source -- that
| is, freely available from the web -- package. After testing it for
| suitability, he switched to Moodle in 2003.