"The single biggest obstacle facing colleges and universities that want to use open source," argues Ira Fuchs, "appears to be the uncertainty about future support for and improvements in the software. Many administrators and trustees simply cannot accept the idea of relying for maintenance and support on people with whom they have no contractual relationship." Thus he proposes as a solution "the creation of a coordinating body, perhaps called Educore [which] would coordinate the development and maintenance of open source for the benefit of higher education." It's a good idea but as always the governance of such an initiative is the central question - it would have to be global and inclusive. Via David Wiley.