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The Technology Of Plinkit


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This is a very short and very high level view of the way Plinkit is setup in Illinois. This is designed to be a 30 min overview presentation.

This is a very short and very high level view of the way Plinkit is setup in Illinois. This is designed to be a 30 min overview presentation.

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  • 1.  
  • 2.
    • Server Hardware and Backups
    • Plone and ZOPE Server Architecture
    • Plinkit Template on Plone
    • SQUID Server
    • DNS Names
  • 3.
    • Dell 2950, Quad-Core Dual Processor
    • 8GB RAM Memory
    • Approx 1TB of Hard Drive space in RAID5
    • Redundant Hard Drives
    • Redundant Power Supplies
    • Redundant Memory
    • Redundant Network
  • 4.
    • Daily database backup to another server onsite for quick access to data.
    • Wednesday & Friday FULL tape backup of system for offsite storage.
    • Investigating a new backup script from Texas on backing up the individual Plinkit Instances.
  • 5.
    • Zope Server:
      • Zope is an open source application server for building content management systems , intranets, portals, and custom applications. The Zope community consists of hundreds of companies and thousands of developers all over the world, working on building the platform and Zope applications. Zope is written in Python, a highly-productive, object-oriented scripting language.
  • 6.
    • Plone is just one application that is designed for ZOPE.
    • Plone is open source.
    • Plone is a content management system.
    • Content management systems allow you to edit your content without having 3 rd party software.
  • 7.
    • Plinkit is just a custom Plone site that has been developed specifically for libraries.
    • Plinkit is the name the Oregon State Library used to market their product.
    • The Plinkit template is updated often, but once your site is created, you are responsible for updates.
    • Changes to the template in the future will not affect your site.
  • 8. ZOPE Server Plone Plinkit
  • 9.
    • ZOPE & Plone by themselves are not a very fast Internet server.
    • In fact, Zope can only handle 4 requests at a time.
    • We run SQUID in front of Zope in order to speed things up.
    • The first time you request a page it goes to ZOPE. The second time SQUID remembers it.
  • 10. SQUID ZOPE Server Plone Plinkit
  • 11.
    • Free:
      • Anything
    • Not Free:
      •, .net, .org, .info, .ws, .tv, etc…
  • 12.
    • If you want a free domain name, simply contact your local Plinkit administrator and they will forward the request to me.
    • If you want a NON-Free domain name, then you will be responsible for registering the domain and renewing it as needed. We have instructions on on how to set these up.
  • 13.
    • Troy Brown
    • IT Manger
    • Shawnee Library System
    • Carterville, IL 62918
    • 618-985-3711 x2021
    • [email_address]