Glow is Linux friendly!

We all know that we can do everything that Glow does so far with free tools available on-line.  That fact has no bearing, in my opinion, on whether or not Glow is a worthwhile enterprise, and so I shall refrain from banging on about it.

I've been back in the Glow portal this evening.  Everything worked smoothly on Linux running Firefox.  This is a real credit to the original architects of Glow. It would have been so easy to get sucked into a Windows or Windows/Mac only solution.

Once inside I began trying to set up a glow chatroom.  I have to say that this was not an intuitive process, but I got there in the end, and I'm sure it'll be easier next time.

It did strike me, as I looked around, that this whole environment will by default be hidden to the wider world.  We will have to think carefully about the implications of that.  I currently have two classes doing scribe post blogs, and their global audience is a big selling point.  It will be a shame if the wider world isn't able to see what we are doing or share the resources we create.

The VLE should, of course, have some privacy - I look forward to seeing how this turns out. Or I could just use Moodle now... oops, I promised didn't I?


  1. This is an area I look forward to finding out more about. I'm hoping that it will be possible to publish to the web from inside Glow somehow. Children are now so used to the idea of publishing to the web (via Bebo, YouTube, blogs etc) that this is what they'll expect to be able to do.

  2. I was playing with the web publishing "part" yesterday. You have to request a web page first. My request is pending...

  3. The Circumlocution Office31 March 2007 at 11:08

    A number of us involved in the Glow project right from the start were keen to make sure that the services could be used on as many platforms as possible, and may indeed be Linux or Mac users in our non-official existences. I'm glad that this has worked out.

  4. I am waiting for my web hosting request too.
    It looks like the web part and streaming media can be made fully public. Might be a useful alternative to often blocked youtube and google video for hosting large files on school websites and avoiding bandwidth problems.


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