Sakai 3 as Mac OS X?

Michael Feldstein over at e-Literate has a clever blog post comparing Sakai 3 to OS X.  I think it is mostly spot on. Personally, I was one of the “new adopters” of OS X–I was using Windows during Apple’s transition from 9 to X. When I moved back to the Mac I never ran things in compatibility mode (or whatever it was called).

You could find other similar platform changes that would be comparable, but I like the one Michael’s picked because for a few of reasons:

  • It emphasizes the fact that we are trying to “leapfrog” the current generation. There are risks in trying to do this, of course, but Sakai is in a great position to take on those risks.
  • It acknowledges that Sakai 3 won’t be functionally equivalent on day one but that for some that won’t matter. It depends on what functions you’re already relying on.
  • And that there is a big difference between porting a capability and re-imagining one. The real promise of Sakai 3 will be fulfilled with the re-imagining and that won’t happen overnight.

One important difference, of course, is that Sakai is an enterprise system and an OS X is a desktop system.  So the decision-making on transition will be much more deliberative and, in general, conservative. This means our transition can be more gradual. OTOH if I really hated OS X I could have reinstalled 9 and waited. I don’t think that’s an option here–once a school rolls out Sakai 3 they won’t be going back….


2 Responses

  1. I like the analogy as well. Although I agree that folks won’t be going back to Sakai 2.x after moving to 3.0, the fact that we’re talking about an enterprise system does allows us to consider a stagged transition. For example, some institutions are already looking at moving Sakai Project Sites over to Sakai 3.0 as an initial transition with course sites to follow. Such a stagged transition would not be as viable with a desktop OS.

  2. […] me start by acknowledging a couple of dysanalogies up front. First of all, as Michael Korcuska points out, deciding to change your personal computer’s operating system is different than deciding to […]

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