Totara releases Seedlings to the community, cutting edge features though not “suitable for production”

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120810354_c11926ddfeTotara LMS has announced that it will be releasing a full featured version of it’s Moodle distribution which includes all Totara features in addition to those that are merely experimental. “Seedlings”, as the unsupported version is called, will be released in it’s 2.6 version and includes all of the features expected in Totara plus others that are still being developed. The release is not intended to be used on production sites, rather is provided to help businesses and developers learn the feature set, experiment and grow familiar with the code base.

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The first release, Totara Seedlings 2.6 will be released at the end of April, every 6 months after a new release will follow.

For the full press release visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11760512.htm,

Totara Learning Solutions has announced a significant change to its open source distribution strategy. Since its launch in 2011, TotaraLMS has been offered as a distribution of the popular education platform, Moodle. For a low-cost subscription fee, customers receive the benefit of code support and maintenance, security updates, error correction, patch updates and a continuing stream of new innovations supported by Totara Learning Solutions.

Now, in addition to its enterprise offering, Totara Learning will also offer Totara Seedlings, an unsupported version of the popular software.

Totara chief executive Richard Wyles said: “We have always seen ourselves as an extension of the Moodle community and have always offered our innovations. Some in the team have been involved in the Moodle project for over 10 years now. We will continue to offer code back to Moodle, and with Seedlings into the broader public domain. We believe Seedlings is the most effective way to do that, compared to our previous direct approach such as our work on Open Badges for Moodle. It might not have been clear just how much we do in the open source realm.”

Totara Seedlings is a great way for software developers to get to know Totara and engage in the project, and for potential customers to evaluate the features including upcoming versions.

Richard Wyles added “We don’t believe in dumbing down our community version to bait customers into buying our enterprise edition. Quite the opposite. Seedlings is the beta version containing our very latest innovations, and the first version of Seedlings is Version 2.6, the beta version of our upcoming production release of TotaraLMS Enterprise. As the name implies, Totara Seedlings contains young, even experimental code, so it’s not suitable for use in a production setting. It’s our way of contributing our thinking, our IP and our code, but our business is in offering enterprise ready open source software fully supported by our team and partners. Our mission is to bring the benefits of open source to the corporate learning technologies marketplace.”

TotaraLMS 2.6 includes a wide range of new features including a powerful enhancement to the Learner Catalog system enabling organizations to define how training opportunities are presented.

For more information, go to http://www.totaralms.com/feature-a-benefits/seedlings.