New Linux Project @ Cass

The friends group at the Howard Branch of the Cass District Library have generously donated a six station computer table for patron access computers. This means that we need to come up with six new computers… Since we have a very limited budget for computers, we want to make this as cost effective as possible, while still meeting the needs of our patrons. I just ordered an Everex Pc2 for $189.00. It comes with the gOS Rocket operating system (an ubuntu derivative) installed. I plan to replace gOS with Ubuntu or Groovix.

It will be interesting to see how patrons react to the new machine. At the main library many patrons prefer the Windows XP machines, but I wonder if part of this is the quirkiness of trying to watch flash video over LTSP. In this case, since it is a standalone machine, and is brand new, the performance should be equal to, or better than the windows machines.

About ashkev

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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2 Responses to New Linux Project @ Cass

  1. This is terrific! Please continue to blog about the process, especially how the patrons react to the new stations. Marian Wynn at Geneva Public Library in AL did some neat and simple stuff to reduce the “this is different!” reaction when she first transitioned to Ubuntu. I’d love to hear stories from your library, too.

  2. ashkev says:

    I will let you know how it goes.

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