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Foss Olc Final

  1. 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. 2. Who Wants To Be a Hero? <ul><li>Never buy a new computer again
  3. 3. Host your own web sites
  4. 4. Host your own email
  5. 5. Host your own filter, anti-spam
  6. 6. Have your own firewall
  7. 7. Offer digital collections
  8. 8. Break the bonds with your ILS vendor
  9. 9. Save your library $500,000 in 2010 </li></ul>
  10. 10. I Have Seen the Enemy... <ul><li>Red Herrings </li><ul><li>Any sentence which includes “public service” </li></ul><li>Shibboleths </li><ul><li>Any sentence which includes “Jay Burton” </li></ul><li>Oxymorons </li><ul><li>Any sentence which includes “our patrons” </li></ul><li>Non Sequitur </li><ul><li>Any sentence which affirms an oxymoron </li></ul><li>Conventional Wisdom </li></ul>
  11. 11. My Goal <ul><li>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. 12. This program is going to focus on using FOSS on a Microsoft Windows XP computer
  13. 13. But, we'll also touch briefly on Mac OS/x, Vista, Windows “Supreme” and Linux </li></ul>
  14. 14. What is FOSS? <ul><li>For this project we'll define “free” as anything you didn't “really” have to pay for. This includes: </li><ul><li>Windows
  15. 15. IE7
  16. 16. Media Player
  17. 17. Acrobat </li></ul><li>FOSS is software that is free, open source, and replaces a commercial program. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Why Use FOSS? <ul><li>It's free
  19. 19. It does the job
  20. 20. Well supported </li></ul>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. 21. The Open Disc Project <ul><li>One-click source for a variety of useful FOSS programs
  22. 22. Simple to get </li><ul><li>http://www.theopendisc.com/ </li></ul><li>What's on the CD?
  23. 23. Some alternatives </li><ul><li>MacLibre
  24. 24. “ I Want To ”
  25. 25. Source Forge </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Getting Started <ul><li>Adequate XP computer connected to the Internet. Want to run all updates. Don't forget IE7 and Media Player
  27. 27. Need an “.iso” burner </li><ul><li>Recommend InfraRecorder </li></ul><li>If you're going to prototype a public computer you'll need at least 4 gigs of free space </li><ul><li>You can use GParted </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Build A Simple Toolkit <ul><li>You can save lots of time if you download and save copies of the software you use most often to a USB drive
  29. 29. You'll want </li><ul><li>Your Internet suite
  30. 30. Open Office and GIMP
  31. 31. Acrobat
  32. 32. Anti-virus
  33. 33. XP SP3 </li></ul><li>Your library software </li></ul>
  34. 34. The “Average” User a.k.a Patron <ul><li>Internet </li><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul><li>Document Creation </li><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul><li>Photos and images </li><ul><li>GIMP </li></ul><li>IM client </li><ul><li>Pidgen </li></ul><li>Games
  35. 35. Library specific software </li></ul>
  36. 36. The Advanced User a.k.a “Staff” <ul><li>Email client </li><ul><li>Thunderbird </li></ul><li>Design software for making signs </li><ul><li>Scribus </li></ul><li>Telnet client for ILS character base </li><ul><li>Putty </li></ul><li>Optional </li><ul><li>Filezilla </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. PR Web Graphics <ul><li>MoinMoin
  38. 38. Nuv
  39. 39. Xampp
  40. 40. PDF Creator
  41. 41. CMS
  42. 42. Camstudio
  43. 43. Audacity
  44. 44. Unity </li></ul>
  45. 45. System Administrator or IT Staff <ul><li>Microsoft Virtual PC </li><ul><li>VMWare </li></ul><li>Microsoft Shared computer toolkit
  46. 46. GParted
  47. 47. Clonezilla </li></ul>
  48. 48. Getting Help <ul><li>Try YouTube
  49. 49. Check Out A Good Book </li><ul><li>Open World Cat </li></ul><li>Use the software's website </li></ul>
  50. 50. FOSS in the Back Office <ul><li>Here's where you get the real savings </li><ul><li>LAMP server
  51. 51. Mail Server
  52. 52. ILS
  53. 53. Printer/File Sharing Server
  54. 54. Firewall
  55. 55. Web filtering server
  56. 56. Anti-spam/Anti-virus
  57. 57. Digital content server </li></ul></ul>
  58. 58. Some Fun Stuff <ul><li>Groovix </li><ul><li>Howard County Public Library </li></ul><li>Replace PWB with FireFox </li><ul><li>Hacking Firefox </li></ul><li>Wubui
  59. 59. Read Blogs
  60. 60. Work in the Cloud </li></ul>
  61. 61. What's Next? <ul><li>Commitment
  62. 62. Goal and a Plan
  63. 63. Prototype and Test </li><ul><li>What works
  64. 64. What doesn't work </li></ul><li>Training
  65. 65. Deployment </li></ul>

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