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[News] Libraries and Literature Set Free with Libre Software, Books

  • Subject: [News] Libraries and Literature Set Free with Libre Software, Books
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 01:30:29 +0000
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America's First Public Koha Library Chooses ByWater Solutions

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| ByWater Solutions, an open source community 
| supporter and official Koha support company, 
| announced today that Nelsonville Public 
| Library, serving Athens County, Ohio since 
| 1935, has partnered with them for the 
| implementation of Koha, the open source 
| integrated library system.


MiraCosta professor goes with free books for class 

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| If there is one enduring truth about college 
| students it is that they are usually broke ---- 
| and the way business professor Christina Hata 
| sees it, she ought to do something to help them 
| save money when possible.
| [...]
| For the second consecutive year, Hata has used 
| free "open-source" textbooks in place of a $180 
| hardbound book as the main texts in her Small 
| Business Management course at MiraCosta 
| College.
| Open-source textbooks are electronic copies of 
| books that can be downloaded from specialized 
| Internet Web sites that are dedicated to making 
| education more affordable.



Koha Optimistic That Forked Tree -- And Troubles -- Are History

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| Koha developers, contributors, and users
| might sum up the past year with a bastardized
| comic book tag line: "With great adoption
| comes great growing pains." Many now,
| however, hope the worst of it is ready to be
| shelved away.
| Koha, incidentally, was my first introduction
| to how great the open source developer
| community is. I was installing it on my home
| machine -- to see how it stacked up, and to
| file away for a later date when licenses were
| begging for renewal. While I wasn't someone
| with much say in renewing proprietary
| licenses on the consortia level, I was very
| impressed with how Koha worked. I was more
| impressed, however, when I pondered aloud on
| my personal site why I was having such a
| problem with a Perl script, that then-release
| manager Chris Cormack left a suggestion in my
| comments as to where things were going wrong.

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