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[News] Measuring Free Software Skills; Operations Management at Oxford University Speaks About Free Software

  • Subject: [News] Measuring Free Software Skills; Operations Management at Oxford University Speaks About Free Software
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 19:06:11 +0100
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Can FOSS Skills Be Measured?

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| Sure, FOSS is fun, but is it profitable? Or 
| is it just a spare-time hobby? There are 
| actually two sides to FOSS: FOSS as free 
| and open source software for a set of tools 
| and platforms; and FOSS as a methodology 
| for the development of software. One cannot 
| exist without the other. And the reason for 
| the superiority of FOSS tools is precisely 
| because they are the result of FOSS 
| methodology.
| The FOSS software development/deployment 
| methodology â a child of the Internet, and 
| which is based on openness, sharing and 
| collaboration â is also a powerful tool to 
| develop âsoft skillsâ like the ability to 
| communicate, search for and find solutions, 
| and to think out-of-the-box. Over a long 
| time, I have noticed that people who 
| actually participate in projects following 
| the FOSS methodology are eminently better 
| programmers and far better at 
| communicating, solving problems and 
| collaborating, than people who follow the 
| âclosed methodologyâ.


Radically Simple IT with Dr. David Upton

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| We were extremely fortunate to have Dr. David 
| Upton, chair in Operations Management at 
| Oxford University, kick off our first ever 
| Open Your World forum. Dr. Upton's 
| presentation, entitled "Radically Simple IT 
| ... or, a Strategic Argument for Open Source 
| in Business" was a highly relevant and 
| insightful commentary on how open source 
| principles can help business leaders transform 
| how they approach and engage the more 
| traditional strategic planning process.



Conficker smites Oxford Brookes network 


Oxford University goes for storage magic

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| on Edwards, an IT Officer for the two faculties, said: "We knew that finding 
| an affordable solution that could work seamlessly in a Netware environment 
| and that would effectively transition us to a networked storage model while 
| giving us reliability, support, and ease of use was going to be a challenge. 
| Like most educational establishments, for us, money is not a bottomless pit. 
| Our servers and direct-attach storage infrastructure were dated and we wanted 
| to deploy a cost-effective, network-based data protection solution that would 
| work with our Novell and Linux servers."       

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