This wiki is for everyone interested in open source in higher and further education in the UK - make it your own!
OSS Watch advises colleges and universities on free and open source software.
We promote awareness and understanding of the legal, social, technical and economic issues surrounding open source software. OSS Watch is a JISC-funded advisory service for UK further and higher education. The OSS Watch website can be found using this link: http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/
A wiki is an evolving open content phenomenon. Its full character will emerge over time as people use it and add content to it. We hope you will find it useful and help make it even more useful for others.
For a slightly longer account of why OSS Watch set up this wiki, see WhyWiki
What will you find in this wiki?
(if the topic you are looking for is not here, consider starting a new page and let the whole community help by bringing its experience and expertise to bear)
OpenSourceDevelopment - index to notes on open source development techniques
TechnicalNotes - index to technical notes about open source products and systems
LinuxDesktops - index to notes about Linux desktop distributions
licences - index to notes about open source licences and licensing issues
DesktopApplications - index to notes and comments on various OSS desktop applications
A selection of recently added pages
ThoughtsAboutTagsInSubversion - using Subversion to release new versions of a collection of files
ReleasingOpenSourceSoftware - how to you get from an initial application to an open source release?
ProjectManagementSoftware - what is it, what can it do, and what are some good examples?
ReasonsInstitutionsConsiderOSS - why do UK universities and colleges consider using open source software?
OpenContent - what happens when you apply open source principles to the world outside?
Communities - what are the characteristics of an open source community?
BitTorrent - the latest peer to peer file downloading application
Knoppix - a page about the live Linux cd distribution Knoppix, and especially OSS Watch's remastering of it
TEI - a page about the Text Encoding Initiative
MySQL - a page about one of the most frequently used open source database servers
Bodington - a page about the home grown UK virtual learning environment
GIMP - a page about the GNU Image Manipulation Program
Reload - a page about this SCORM compliant package for learning objects
We are in the process of restructuring and repurposing this wiki. If you would like to follow along see our proposed NewStartPage.