Presentation Type

Panel Session

Description

Use of open source software (OSS) is common in the server rooms of many libraries. Many have even taken the step of switching their public workstations to the open source web browser Firefox. However, making the jump to an open source operating system for public computers has not caught on quite as well. In this presentation, we will detail how several libraries in Coos County, Oregon, have switched their public internet terminals predominantly to open source software, specifically Ubuntu Linux, Firefox, and OpenOffice. We will show how Coos County libraries are able to provide the excellent range of services - and indeed improved over the services - available on Windows- or Mac-based public computers. We will detail the software we use, the costs and benefits of the change, and how the switch has been received by the public and library staff. The presentation will include a demonstration and screenshots of what patrons experience when they sit down at a computer. It will also provide tips for supporting the wide variety of media, file types, and devices that patrons may bring to the library. Finally, we will briefly discuss how the computers are administered behind-the-scenes using a variety of open source tools. This presentation should interest any librarians interested in increasing their use of OSS, whether for the public or staff.

Conference Track

Other

Comments/Notes

This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution United States license. For more information, visit http://www.creativecommons.org

Start Date

5-2-2010 9:00 AM

End Date

5-2-2010 11:00 AM

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/19915

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Feb 5th, 9:00 AM Feb 5th, 11:00 AM

Even Internet Computers Want to be Free: Using Linux and Open Source Software on Library Public Workstations

Use of open source software (OSS) is common in the server rooms of many libraries. Many have even taken the step of switching their public workstations to the open source web browser Firefox. However, making the jump to an open source operating system for public computers has not caught on quite as well. In this presentation, we will detail how several libraries in Coos County, Oregon, have switched their public internet terminals predominantly to open source software, specifically Ubuntu Linux, Firefox, and OpenOffice. We will show how Coos County libraries are able to provide the excellent range of services - and indeed improved over the services - available on Windows- or Mac-based public computers. We will detail the software we use, the costs and benefits of the change, and how the switch has been received by the public and library staff. The presentation will include a demonstration and screenshots of what patrons experience when they sit down at a computer. It will also provide tips for supporting the wide variety of media, file types, and devices that patrons may bring to the library. Finally, we will briefly discuss how the computers are administered behind-the-scenes using a variety of open source tools. This presentation should interest any librarians interested in increasing their use of OSS, whether for the public or staff.