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This is the presentation I gave on September 17th at the KLA Fall Conference in Louisville. In it, I've highlighted both issues when converting to open source software and some of the different types ...

This is the presentation I gave on September 17th at the KLA Fall Conference in Louisville. In it, I've highlighted both issues when converting to open source software and some of the different types of software we use at our library.

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  • Embracing Open-Source Software How Using Open-Source and Free Software Can Help Your Library Improve Services and Cut Costs Jim Peterson, Technology Coordinator Goodnight Memorial Library Franklin, KY
  • What is Open Source Software?
    • Open source does not necessarily mean free!
      • Open source means source code is available for you to view, modify & redistribute and is usually free
        • Usually paid support is offered
        • Online support is usually free and available via forums, IRC channels and e-mail
      • Free software means you can get it for free, usually no support offered whatsoever
        • Not necessarily open source
        • Freeware is a known vector for viruses and other malware! Be wary!
  • What you MUST consider before choosing open source software!
    • Technical Expertise
      • Is there a geek on staff or do you need to buy one?
        • Usually not as easy as installing iTunes on Windows
        • Will need to be comfortable with working from the command line
    • Ongoing costs
      • ALA report from 2008 w/case studies
      • Usually no initial cost to download/install, training is similar in cost & scope.
  • More to consider...
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Research the prospective provider's business model, potential for buyout, tech support satisfaction
      • LibLime (Koha support) recently acquired by PTFS
      • Happens to proprietary folks, but research can mitigate the possibility of a project-killing takeover
    • Total Cost of Ownership
      • Licensing – software is biggest expense on desktops
      • Support & Maintenance – talk to other libraries
      • Ease of use/training costs/system requirements
  • Operating Systems
    • Operating systems are the basic instructions that allow the software talk to the hardware
  • Proprietary Operating Systems
    • Expensive, especially in multiple machines
    • Cannot be modified (closed-source)
    • Require $$ productivity software (Photoshop or Office, anyone?)
    • Often dictate expensive hardware upgrades
  • Open-Source Operating Systems
    • Usually free to download and install, live CD/DVD
    • Can be completely modified – Ubuntu , Lifehacker tutorial
    • Come with thousands of applications
    • Runs great on old hardware!
  • Open-Source Operating Systems
  • Open-Source Photo Editors
    • The Gimp – Photoshop alternative – cross-platform
    • F-Spot Photo manager – great for management of photos & albums
    • Google's Picasa – cross platform, basic editor & photo management. Can be a “Cloud” service
  • OpenOffice Productivity Suite
    • Drop-In alternative to Microsoft Office
    • No license fees
    • Will open, save, create and interact with MS Word documents, PowerPoint, and most Excel spreadsheets
    • Conforms to International Standards
  • Free Website & Network Monitoring
    • Woopra – Web site traffic monitoring
    • Groundwork Open Source Community Edition – Network & asset monitor
    • Nagios – Network & asset monitor
  • Open Source ILS
  • Links to Open Source Projects
    • Distrowatch – Learn about Linux distributions
    • How to Choose a Desktop Linux Distribution – PCWorld article
    • OpenOffice – Office suite
    • The Gimp – Creative suite for photos & graphics
    • Groundwork – Network & server monitoring
    • Woopra – Web site statistics & monitoring
    • XChat – IRC Interface for chatting online
    • Ultimate Gamers ed. – Live DVD w/games
  • Open Source Projects
    • Evernote – Searchable on-line notepad.
    • Open Source in a new light – IBM report about open source software use in 2010
    • Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice.org – article comparing the two office suites
    • PC World Guide to Today's To 10 Linux Distributions
    • 58 Open Source Replacements for Sm. Bus. Software – article from Datamation
  • Jim Peterson, Technology Coordinator Goodnight Memorial Library Franklin, KY Email [email_address] (270) 586-8397 Library website www.gmpl.org Library Facebook Jim's Facebook Jim's Library Technology Blog Jim on Twitter