I am attending a WebCT user conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands at the moment. One of the lectures (given, of course, by a WebCT staff member) was called "What's the difference between Open Source and Open Systems". That sounded interesting enough to me to miss other possibly interesting lectures.
What it it fact turned out to be was a sales presentation for WebCT Vista, which, as was claimed in the description of the lecture, "delivers many, if not all, of the percieved open source advantages" (my bolding). Apparently, they forgot the price advantage (Vista costs some 60.000 dollars now not counting the Oracle database and server required for it).
What I found funny and revealing was that the crux of the sales message was that Vista was good, because it could be combined with open source tools (when they had just, in so many words, said that open source programs are unreliable, badly documented, badly supported, etc.) The credo was to use open source within the open system (their bolding). Methinks that WebCT is feeling the pinch (Moodle, incidentally, being by far the most mentioned open source alternative during the ensuing discussion).
Oh, AND they said that in the US nobody talks about open source anymore (We just do that in "old" Europe). So, sorry you guys (Floyd, and others), but apparently you've been fooling us all along, and you don't actually live in the US
Greetings from Amsterdam,