Open Source :: Free Lunch Or Kittens


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Presentation for the Indiana Library Federation District 6 Conference. 4 April 2008. Madison, Indiana

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  • Our library has been working with OSS for a number of years and we’re slowly expanding what we do with OSS. I’m here to share our experiences and tell you a bit about OSS. Open Source Software is interesting in that it can be a free lunch. It's free and can save your library money. Yet, choose carefully because even free software costs time and effort. As such bad software can be like having a crazy kitten in your house. What is Open Source? Why is it important? How to judge OSS. Overview of the market. How we use OSS at MJCPL.
  • Open Source :: Free Lunch Or Kittens

    1. 1. Open Source <ul><li>Jerry Yarnetsky :: Reference-web librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Madison-Jefferson County Public Library </li></ul>Free Lunch or Free Kittens?
    2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Can’t share it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t change it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can't open files. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can't see the code. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can't tell where it's going. </li></ul></ul>Commercial Software
    3. 3. <ul><ul><ul><li>Free to use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free to change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free to share </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free to choose support </li></ul></ul></ul>Open Source is free...
    4. 4. <ul><li>Our budgets are crimped. </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons want more services. </li></ul><ul><li>How do we keep pace? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We're between a rock & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hard place </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Lowers the bar to adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Allows experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Free to share with patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Gives life to old computers </li></ul><ul><li>Provides better security </li></ul>Open source is your free lunch
    6. 6. Software is a tool. Find the right one. <ul><li>Good software fulfills a need. </li></ul><ul><li>Does it further your mission? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it get the work done? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Go with the flow <ul><li>Software will change. </li></ul><ul><li>Make suggestions. </li></ul><ul><li>Training is key. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate discovery. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Look at support & developer community <ul><ul><li>Are support forums active? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Are questions answered quickly? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do pros use the system? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is software updated regularly? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there institutional backing? </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Installation requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Training. </li></ul><ul><li>Migration. </li></ul><ul><li>Mission critical services. </li></ul><ul><li>DRM and plug-ins. </li></ul>Stuff to consider as you evaluate
    10. 10. <ul><li>Firefox for browsing </li></ul><ul><li>Pidgin for chat. 16 protocols. </li></ul><ul><li>Thunderbird for email </li></ul><ul><li>Filezilla for FTP </li></ul><ul><li>Songbird for music </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OSS for the Internet </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><ul><ul><li>Open Office » Microsoft Office </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GIMP » Photoshop </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scribus » InDesign </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inkscape » Illustrator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OSS creative equivalents </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. LAMP server for dynamic websites <ul><ul><li>Linux OS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apache web server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MySQL database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programming language </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><ul><li>Content management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Websites and blogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis and forums </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Try & compare </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Modular development. </li></ul><ul><li>Dozens of distributions. </li></ul><ul><li>Open source » better security </li></ul><ul><li>Try a Live CDs. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linux </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Easier to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Package management. </li></ul><ul><li>Peripheral discovery. </li></ul><ul><li>Linux needs tweaking. </li></ul><ul><li>Proprietary stumbling blocks. </li></ul>Linux Usability
    16. 16. <ul><ul><li>Two LAMP servers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Textpattern for website. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roundcube for webmail. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OPACs run on Linux. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SquidGuard for filtering. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MJCPL is using... </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>KohaZoom ILS </li></ul><ul><li>Omeka for digital collections </li></ul><ul><li>Open Office and Ubuntu </li></ul><ul><li>OS Creation Station </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coming down the pike </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. May your software be as mellow as this fellow <ul><li>Thank You! </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation and links... </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>projects/opensource </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>