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Many companies sell software solutions under a commercial license where their customers get access to the source code for analyzing performance issues using their own profiling tools. For any organization that has their own technology team capable of compiling the application from source and inserting monitoring hooks, this can be a nice compromise where infrastructure risks can be managed internally but with the safety of external support should things go wrong.

It comes down to decomposition and transparency. The winners will be the ones that understand the market will reward companies offering choice of platform, services, support and leadership - none of which are dependent on each other.

Again, I love forcing people to innovate through disruption. If the game is not working for you then simply change the rules of the game.


1. ken udas -april 11th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Stuart, First, thank you very much for this direct posting on such a relevant topic. It provides a lot of hooks to talk about. I have two questions to start out with:

You are a leader at MoodleRooms, can you tell me a little about the MoodleRooms model, which it value add is, and what types or organizations can benefit from the business/service model that you are using?


Are there qualities to Moodle that make it a good open source application to support your model? That is, what are the qualities of OSS applications that make then better for the “Business of Open Source?”

We can start here, and expand out a bit more later. Ken

2. stuart sim - april 17th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Hi Ken, The Moodlerooms model is simply to offer the best hosted platform for Moodle services on the planet. Moodle already has a strong functional and pedagogic focus and our mission is to complement that success with the introduction of world class enterprise qualities.

We aim to disrupt the market by sharing the design of the hosting platform with our partners and competitors and therefore forcing better service from all the service providers.

Cheers, Stuart

3. stuart sim - april 18th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

The openness and active collaboration of the Moodle community highlight the best properties of an open source project needed for anyone to develop competitive services in support of the code.

The community is also very welcoming of experiences shared by commercial service providers from the field and supports healthy discussion on the issues related to operating and supporting the code base.

4. ken udas - april 22nd, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Stuart, I see what you are doing from the Moodlerooms perspective, but what do you think that larger impact services like Moodlerooms is having on higher education and the use or acceptance of open source applications in the LMS space?

Thanks, Ken

5. steve foerster - april 23rd, 2008 at 11:19 am

Hi Stuart, thanks for your interesting post. How do you compare the services that you and other open source providers offer with those from closed source competitors? For example, my university uses Blackboard, which offers integration with student records systems like Datatel.

6. kim tucker - may 20th, 2008 at 7:30 am

In Africa and other parts of the “developing” world some have recognised the importance of free/libre and open source software in terms of cost and (more importantly) empowerment - i.e. rather than being passive consumers of highly restrictive software, being able to adapt and develop the software further and offer services to make a living (e.g. distribution, training, support, configuration and customisation, software development, etc.).

There is a project starting up which may be of interest to readers, and we invite participation: (External Link)

I have started by including a link to this blog posting on one of the Curriculum pages.

Thanks! :-)

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
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what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
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Application of nanotechnology in medicine
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what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
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I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
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what is the stm
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
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What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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what king of growth are you checking .?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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