A changing of the guard

Way back in October I wrote a post about OpenOffice.org and how it is pretty awesome. Well bitter sweet news has befallen us. Oracle bought Sun in 2010 and took over the OpenOffice.org project. This week they have decided to stop supporting the project. Don’t reach for those hankies just yet people. When Oracle took over, a number of OpenOffice.org people jumped shipped and started their own project called LibreOffice.

Like OpenOffice, it is totally free and contains a word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, drawing, and more software. It is built off of OpenOffice.org (so it’s familiar to those who use it) and is supported, which means there were be updates to fix bugs, adding new features, and new releases. Get it today by following the link below. Oh yeah, it is wicked powerful and nearly as good as that paid version known as Microsoft Office.

UPDATE: This post is suggesting the OOo is dead but that is not the case. Oracle is opening it back up to the community as opposed to supporting it themselves. In the meantime, I still recommend switching to LibreOffice.

How to Support Open Source with your IT Budget


open source in schools and classroom
open source used in schools and classrooms


So, in an effort to climb out of the woodwork and be visible once again, I decided to post someone else’s article. I never equated being visible to being motivated đŸ™‚ Seriously though, we had asked our good buddy Tony to give us some posts as he has an enormous amount of experience as the current IT Director of a huge campus (2500+ students) and he has obliged us with what we thought was a fantastic concept. Here is his post, and later Patrick and I will comment further.

How to Support Open Source with your IT Budget
by Tony DePrato
Many schools use open source unofficially. They download programs like VLC and then clone them across all their installations. They run servers with Apache to provide numerous services to their communities. Yet normally they cannot donate or contribute any money to these open source projects because of the way supplier registration works. Continue reading “How to Support Open Source with your IT Budget”