Moodle Sells Out — Blackboard Buys It!
Blackboard announces the purchase of moodlerooms, the largest Moodle partner. For those of you who don’t know, Moodle partners pay a stipend (normally around 10%) to Moodle HQ. Wonder how much Moodle HQ got and will continue to get in this deal?
Not sure why this should surprise anyone…Moodle was never an open source project…it was always about pretending to be one, getting free labor and development from thousands of people, and making a handy profit off a closed business model. However, this announcement takes the business side of Moodle to a complete new level.
I remember years ago, in the early days of Moodle, when the Open University had about 3 million pounds to invest in an LMS and decided to go with Moodle. There was a lot of concern about what that kind of money and influence could do to an “open source” project…many feel it drove moodle development via the development interest of the OU and not necessarily the community. That kind of money and influence doesn’t even begin to touch what Blackboard will bring to the table. I predicted years ago, even before, the ex-BB executive bought into Moodlerooms that this was heading toward BB owning Moodle.
Today Moodle just got Owned!
Of course, the lead dev is already trying to put lipstick on this pig and I’m sure many will pucker up and kiss it, but I’m not one of them…a pig is still a pig, no matter how much you try to dress it up 😉
I would be misleading everyone if I said I wasn’t enjoying this more than just a little…to see the shock on the faces of all those Moodle disciples–and the cognitive dissonance of a couple already is priceless
First disciple in denial: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=199248#p868706
Second disciple (even named himself after Moodle) in denial: