This paper by Thomas De Praetere of the Université cathlolique de Louvain in France, the original home of Claroline, puts forward some arguments on why open source is so successful, particularly in educational institutions. I know this might surprise some – I’ve had many educators complain to me about their inability to get open source in the door of their institution – yet I believe what this paper claims is true, that the ‘education sector’ is still one of the greatest contributors and adopters for open source, and given the inverse trend of institutional funding levels to licensing costs, will likely remain so. The article is in French, but the google translation’s not too bad. – SWL 


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