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Three-quarters of colleges adopt open source

Antony Savvas

Three-quarters of UK colleges and universities have adopted open source software (OSS) to cut their costs.

The level of OSS take-up in UK higher education is revealed in research published by national advisory service the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

Moodle was the most popular open source system for course management or virtual learning environments, with 56% of all colleges now using it.

The Open University intends adopting the Moodle system in the future, so that system’s take-up is about to increase further.

The research found that 68% of colleges provided the open source Mozilla Firefox browser on their desktops, usually alongside Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser.

The research also found that further education colleges tended to bring in outside support for the adoption of OSS, while the universities were more likely to rely on their generally larger internal IT departments.

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