August 14, 2007
10:00 - 11:20 am
Room 14-269

Moderator: Julian Clark

Session Notes

- Two views on security in software
- One is you hope no one finds the problem the other is that you put it out there and hope someone fixes it.
- FreeCiv - Free civ-like game
- Howard County Library System is all open source as well as 2-3 libraries in NZ
- How does staff get around the non-admin rights issue at their institutions. Staff understands - but how do they learn about these new tools in order to get things installed on their systems.
- Price savings is a way to sell OS - but it's not really the be all and end all - it may not be free.
- Small libraries are generally more agile and can make the change easier than a big organization
- The city of Paris and Munich has gone open source - it has been done on a large scale - just not necessarily in libraries.
- http://www.librarytechnology.org/libwebcats/ - search for Evergreen and Koha libraries by using the Advanced Search. Keep in mind that not all libraries using Koha are listed here - there are many small libraries that have never reported which ILS they're using - but this tool will give you a good idea of what's being done with the OS ILS
- Chris Cormack gave a history of Koha
- Case Studies - http://koha.org/about-koha/case-studies/nelsonville.html
- No one knows of libraries that are using Vista as the operating system
- Open Office is really user friendly and lets you bring in document from MS Office.
- Sounds like Ubuntu is trying to get people on board and removing the fear associated with switching to OSS
- Greg from NYPL was able to install Ubuntu on a work box - (works in the web office) been using more OSS for web work - Quanta Plus, Screem and GFTP - he's trying to get away from Dreamweaver and Flash (not easily done) and learn to use the Linux tools more. Meredith asked: How do the tools compare? "You get used to using a certain tool set which makes the difference difficult - but since Ubuntu loads so much faster than Windows I'm ready to work right away" (Polly mentioned going off to get coffee after starting her computer at work - I (Nicole) go off and get tea).


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