Moodle = Totara = $$ – Open Source
Call it a spoon all you want…it’s still a fork…or is it? 😉 I’m wondering…has Totara received one of those cease-and-desist letters from Moodle HQ for typing the word Moodle on (actually, all over) their site and, in fact, actually claiming to be Moodle in their FAQ?
When I first read about Totara a couple months ago, I thought…yawn…Moodle, with a different name…wasn’t impressed enough to even bother creating a blog post…just a tweet. Now that I’ve gone back and taken a second look, I’m thinking–yawn–still Moodle with a different name, but now actually admitting it. Why do I say they are admitting it? Well, one only needs to read their own FAQ’s (all two of them) on their website. Here is the second FAQ from their website:
Q. Why isn’t there a free public download?
A. There is, and it’s great software. It’s called Moodle and can be downloaded here.
It is a common misunderstanding that by extending a GPL application with more GPL features that we should have a public, free (free as in “free beer”) download. Totara Learning Solutions and our partners offer a commercial open source service. We do not have a public community offering and to do so would detract or even be seen as a fork of the Moodle community. We don’t want that. We are proud to contribute and be part of the Moodle community.
Totara is a distribution of Moodle with a value-added services component including code support and maintenance, security updates, error correction, patch updates and a continuing stream of new innovations supported by our team. The Totara service is supported via product subscriptions.
Please also read our Moodle Policy.
Now if that’s not clear that Totara is Moodle, then I need more reading lessons. This also highlights a very interesting relationship that no one (especially over in moodle-land) is talking about. It’s very clear that Totara is Moodle and reading the comments on the Totara website it seems they have a very comfortable relationship with Moodle HQ.
Hummm….I guess the moodle partner model is not the only business model for making a buck off the backs of your “community” efforts, is it Moodle?
It’s a fork; it’s a spoon; or maybe it’s just some spooning going on between Totara and Moodle, all in the best interest of “open source” of course 😉