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  • 1. Free, Free, Did We Mention Free Software For Your Library Jim Mann Technology Coordinator Greene County Public Library Mailto: [email_address] Homepage: http://oldcomputermann.com
  • 2. Who Wants To Be a Hero?
    • Never buy a new computer again
    • 3. Host your own web sites
    • 4. Host your own email
    • 5. Host your own filter, anti-spam
    • 6. Have your own firewall
    • 7. Offer digital collections
    • 8. Break the bonds with your ILS vendor
    • 9. Save your library $500,000 in 2010
  • 10. I Have Seen the Enemy...
    • Red Herrings
      • Any sentence which includes “public service”
    • Shibboleths
      • Any sentence which includes “Jay Burton”
    • Oxymorons
      • Any sentence which includes “our patrons”
    • Non Sequitur
      • Any sentence which affirms an oxymoron
    • Conventional Wisdom
  • 11. My Goal
    • If you use a computer or provide computers for staff, patrons or students you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by using “free” or Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) instead of buying commercial software
    • 12. This program is going to focus on using FOSS on a Microsoft Windows XP computer
    • 13. But, we'll also touch briefly on Mac OS/x, Vista, Windows “Supreme” and Linux
  • 14. What is FOSS?
    • For this project we'll define “free” as anything you didn't “really” have to pay for. This includes:
    • FOSS is software that is free, open source, and replaces a commercial program.
  • 18. Why Use FOSS? Microsoft Office '07 $125 Open Office $0.00 Photoshop $699 GIMP $0.00 Acrobat pro $135 PDF Creator $0.00 Norton $70 Clam $0.00 Dreamweaver (CS3) $1,400 Nuv $0.00
  • 21. The Open Disc Project
    • One-click source for a variety of useful FOSS programs
    • 22. Simple to get
      • http://www.theopendisc.com/
    • What's on the CD?
    • 23. Some alternatives
  • 26. Getting Started
    • Adequate XP computer connected to the Internet. Want to run all updates. Don't forget IE7 and Media Player
    • 27. Need an “.iso” burner
      • Recommend InfraRecorder
    • If you're going to prototype a public computer you'll need at least 4 gigs of free space
      • You can use GParted
  • 28. Build A Simple Toolkit
    • You can save lots of time if you download and save copies of the software you use most often to a USB drive
    • 29. You'll want
    • Your library software
  • 34. The “Average” User a.k.a Patron
    • Internet
      • Firefox
    • Document Creation
      • Open Office
    • Photos and images
      • GIMP
    • IM client
      • Pidgen
    • Games
    • 35. Library specific software
  • 36. The Advanced User a.k.a “Staff”
    • Email client
      • Thunderbird
    • Design software for making signs
      • Scribus
    • Telnet client for ILS character base
      • Putty
    • Optional
      • Filezilla
  • 37. PR Web Graphics
  • 45. System Administrator or IT Staff
    • Microsoft Virtual PC
      • VMWare
    • Microsoft Shared computer toolkit
    • 46. GParted
    • 47. Clonezilla
  • 48. Getting Help
    • Try YouTube
    • 49. Check Out A Good Book
      • Open World Cat
    • Use the software's website
  • 50. FOSS in the Back Office
    • Here's where you get the real savings
  • 58. Some Fun Stuff
    • Groovix
      • Howard County Public Library
    • Replace PWB with FireFox
      • Hacking Firefox
    • Wubui
    • 59. Read Blogs
    • 60. Work in the Cloud
  • 61. What's Next?
    • Commitment
    • 62. Goal and a Plan
    • 63. Prototype and Test
      • What works
      • 64. What doesn't work
    • Training
    • 65. Deployment