Re: Report card far from accurate
> To my knowledge, there are only three
> gradebook applications in active
> development: OpenGrade, Iona Student
> Online, and Grades XML editor; none of
> these approach the easy-of-use or
> features available in commercial
> applications. (No gradebook software can
> be considered mature or finished at this
> point, IMO.)
Just a minor correction. There are in fact a far greater number of gradebook applications being developed than just these three. It's just that most of them are (properly) viewed as components in more comprehensive suites of educational Linux applications rather than as stand-alone apps. Take a look at the SEUL/edu Educational Application Index (http://richtech.ca/seul) under the Administrative category to see more of them. You'll have to wade through a number of other admin apps to find them unfortunately; a revision of our categorization system is underway as we speak.
Three quick examples, off the top of my head:
KOffice, AbiWord, Gnumeric.
I'm sure there are many more. Your concern is laudable, but don't think that just because everything in development or even in consideration of development isn't being hyped to hell and gone, it doesn't exist. There are lots of serious development efforts going on in some of these areas. You just may not be aware of them.