Frequently asked questions and answers about Moodle.
- Why would a school trust their enterprise work to a free software package?
You might not know it, but almost 70% of the world's websites run on Apache, which is a free webserver. That's SEVENTY out of one hundred. Moodle is open-source, and while this FAQ is not the appropriate place to discuss open-source software, a quick google search on the viability of open-source products should provide ample material. Other great examples of widely-used open-source software include Linux, Sendmail, and numerous other packages that you probably use daily that you don't even know about.
- How can moodle be free?
Moodle.org, the organization responsible for improving moodle, is supported by donations, by consulting generated by clients who need specific enhancements and are willing to pay for them, and by dividends paid by moodle partners.
- What's a moodle partner?
Moodle partners are companies around the world that have been certified by moodle to deliver high-quality moodle services to customers that use moodle. You can read up on and see a list of them at http://www.moodle.com (note this is .com, and not .org)
- How many people are using moodle?
Because moodle is free, there is no simple way to count it's "customers" since anyone can use it any time with no record. The statistics from users and installations that have registered are linked to from the main page of moodle.org and show over 7000 worldwide installations as of the end of 2005. Worldwide users are in the millions. Countries are at about 140.
- How do we know moodle will still be in business in the future?
If you note the installed base- that is the number of organizations and people using moodle, and note that all the software is open, you'll realize that even if the supporting organization were to drop off the earth, others would quickly network and step in to continue improvement of the product. There are already numerous partners around the world who make their living off helping clients with moodle and improving the product and contributing to the community. One coming or going does not have a tremendous impact on the product as a whole, and it's openness assures that people will always be able to access, modify, and support the code - at least for as long as people are teaching with technology.
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