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The Sakai Revolution - Opening day in Austin

Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience

It’s opening day at the Sakai Community Source Conference.
About 600 people from different academic institutions around the world are
interested or currently building a new learning management and collaboration
environment utilizing the Sakai platform. Sakai, and projects like it such
as moodle and kuali are important challenges and opportunities for the
educational community to own and run it's own software in a way that
aligns with each institution's academic mission.

With Sun’s software stack now free, we’re getting great
feedback on how to engage with customers in proof-of-concept projects in
preparation for production systems roll-out for the next academic year. People
are also very interested in the very cool Niagara systems and Opteron systems
for running Sakai in either Solaris or Linux environments.

I'm in the UC Merced Implementation talk now. Next is to catch Stuart's
session on performance tuning and testing. A BIG issues with schools interested
in supporting large user populations. Then, lunch with Charlie and the
Georgetown folks to talk about the Center-of-Excellence Project in scholarly
information systems which will include Sakai work.

This being Austin. Stuart and I were lucky to catch a local texas blues show at a local bar
where a Stratocaster was being given a pretty good thrashing by the lead guitar
player and singer. Some good old Hendrix, Howling Wolf, Freddie King and SRV
work. More of that stuff tonight i hope.

Sakai Project = http://www.sakaiproject.org/

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