Open Source Software Used in the Library


I have been thinking a lot about the pros and cons of free and open source software lately. I found this chart very useful in spelling out some of the arguments, in this case the pros and cons of open source in a K-12 environment. The total cost of Open Source software may be lower than proprietary software, but in many cases, that depends on the in house expertise. In our case, we are a small library with a very limited IT Staff. Basically the in-house expertise is whatever we can teach ourselves easily by trial and error.
Here is a list of free and open source software currently being used by the Cass District Library:

  1. Edubuntu — In a server and thin client network currently with seven stations and more coming soon.
  2. Xubuntu — Our web page is hosted on a virtual LAMP server running xubuntu.
  3. Dansguardian and Squid — for content filtering and proxy server.
  4. Ubuntu — On the Assistant Director’s laptop 😉
  5. PublicIP — for wireless connectivity
  6. Open Office — Many of our staff and patron computers use OO rather than Microsoft Office.
  7. hMailServer — We still use a windows machine for e-mail. hMailServer is a great Open Source e-mail solution for the Windows platform.
  8. Squirrelmail — Webmail Solution. We run Squirrelmail on the LAMP server to give web access to our staff e-mail.
  9. Internet Station Manager — Public access time management solution (currently testing)
  10. VMWare Server — This is free, but not Open Source. We use VMWare to run several virtual servers including : Web server, E-mail Server, Content filter/Proxy Server. I also use VMWare to test different platforms.

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The Fiddling Librarian 3.0 is Kevin Smith’s personal weblog. Kevin is a recent graduate with an MLS from IUPUI. Kevin is the Assistant Director of the Cass District Library which is in Cass County Michigan.
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