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New Moodle Leadership: Larry, Mo, and Curly leading moodle into the future ;-)

February 7th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

It’s official…Larry, Mo, and Curly leading Moodle into the future ;-)

The official advice being given for months on moodle.org has been, if you are planning on upgrading to Moodle 2.0–don’t! Anyone who has been following the moodle 2 saga, knows that’s good advice. Now, the moodle lead dev (aka Mo) chimes in and announces that support for moodle 1.9.x will cease less than a year from now, in Dec 2011.  So, let’s see where that puts you:

  1. You are responsible for your institutions moodle install.
  2. You are a responsible Moodle admin, so you’re not buying into the moodle 2.0 “stable” BS, and are content to wait until it’s proven to really be stable, so
  3. You haven’t followed the disastrous path of upgraded your site to 2.0 in the middle of the school year–which most responsible admins wouldn’t do even if 2.0 was really stable.
  4. You’ve decided that the general advice in the forums is correct and upgrading before at least summer 2012 would be irresponsible (and I would put it at even a year after that date), so
  5. You’ve planned to upgrade in summer 2012 and go trough the process of re-training everyone on this completely “new and different system” as it is being described in the moodle forums.
  6. But, now you learn….
  7. If you follow your plan, your institution will be using an unsupported version of moodle for at least 6 months, so
  8. Now what?
  9. Upgrade from a stable version (even if the code is crappy, insecure, and Mo, Larry, and Curly want to run from it as fast as they can) to a newer, not better, more complicated, broken version less than 6 months from now?
  10. Hummm…the delimma!

Okay, here is my advice–of course, as with all advice here, use at your own risk :-) Forget about how long Larry, Mo, and Curly plan to “support” 1.9. Moodle security is an oxymoron anyway…even if you stay with 1.9 and “official” support stops in Dec of this year as Mo has announced, a year from now your site is going to be no less secure than it is today. Recognizing and responsibly addressing Moodle security issues hasn’t been one Moodle’s strongest points anyway.

Don’t be forced to make a bad decision by the illogical acts of the Vaudeville trio — stick with 1.9 and take a really hard look at where you want to go with the future of your LMS knowing that you next major “upgrade” will result in a transition to a new platform regardless of what you do–Moodle may not be your only or best choice these days.

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  1. net-buoy
    February 7th, 2011 at 13:17 | #1

    What to do about the 800 pound gorilla?

    “Regardless whether or not Moodle 2.x is ready (something I don’t want to get
    into on this thread), it is definitely true that Moodle 2.x represents a
    complex and potentially disruptive upgrade. For this reason alone, 1.9 should
    qualify as a special case for extended long term support to help ease the
    transition so that people don’t feel left behind.” Tim Williams http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=168021&parent=737822

    Looks like folk are hoping that Martin will figure out that no one’s on the bus… But it seems to me that this tactic hasn’t worked well in the past ;-) This issue has raised more of a ruckus with the devout than I think anything else in recent years (save Figaro, perhaps) and one wonders whether Moodle 1.9 will become Moodle’s high water mark?

  2. February 8th, 2011 at 06:48 | #2

    @net-buoy
    Yea, and when Mo replies in that discussion and start his post with “Please don’t panic…” you know there’s trouble in vaudeville :-)
    Reminding everyone that they are using moodle 2.0 on moodle.org once again, shows his ignorance about how an lms is actually used in a real-world situation.

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