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[News] Free/Open Source Material and Programs Enter Education

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Open Source Textbook Company Now BMOC At 400 Colleges

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| After a sort of beta earlier this year, Flat World is set to announce on 
| Thursday that over 40,000 college students at more than 400 colleges are 
| going to be using their digital, DRM-free textbooks in the Fall semester, up 
| from 1,000 in 30 colleges in the Spring.   


Is Open Source the Right Solution for Your Higher Ed Campus?

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| Edu1world, an online professional networking site for higher education 
| technology professionals and practitioners, announced today the launch of 
| an "Open Source Community" on edu1world.org.  


Fast Growing University of Illinois Data Center Taps Opengear Open Source
Console Server for Out-of-Band Access

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| Opengear (www.opengear.com), a leading provider of next-generation console 
| server and KVM over IP solutions, today announced that the University of 
| Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Campus Information Technology and Educational 
| Services (CITES), is using the Opengear CM4148 to manage all of the equipment 
| in its data center.     



As textbook costs stack up, interest grows in e-books

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| âWhen Pluto becomes not a planet, you can fix it very quickly,â said Rich
| Baraniuk, an engineering professor at Rice University who pioneered the field
| of open source class materials. âIt's going to take a decade to get Pluto out
| of all the nation's printed science books.â


Open source, digital textbooks coming to California schools

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| The cash-strapped Golden State has decided that, starting next school year,
| schools will be able to use open source, digital textbooks for a number of
| math and science subjects. Ars talked with Brian Bridges, the Director of the
| California Learning Resources Network, which will be reviewing the texts, to
| find out more about what the program entails.



Open Source Resolution Passed -- California

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| This is Great News and more evidence that the Open Voting idea is catching
| on.


California city connects with open-source networking

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| Reliance on open source has been inexpensive and stable, says IT
| manager for Madera, Calif.
| [...]
| In Madera's case, two Vyatta Inc. routers that run on the Debian
| GNU/Linux-based open-source operating system helped Wheeler consolidate
| routers in the city's data center last year. By eliminating eight Cisco
| routers that needed upgrading in order to accommodate additional traffic, he
| said he saved the city $16,000, spending about one-third of what he would
| have spent on the Cisco router upgrade.    
| In a more dramatic money-saving move, the city did a complete network upgrade
| to implement a voice-over-IP system based on Asterisk, an open-source PBX
| system from Digium Inc. in Huntsville, Ala. The Asterisk VoIP system cost
| about $120,000, whereas a Cisco system would have run about $400,000, he
| said.    

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