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"Linux in the Library: What can it do for you?"

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according to the author, the presentation on this page "may be of interest to anyone interested in what Linux can do at a Library... It might be of interest to you even if you don't work for a Library, but are curious about what Linux can do."

plug in Chronicle of Higher Ed

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the Nov 5 1999 Chronicle has a freely available summary of Open Source/Open Science as it relates to academia available free here with Prospero mentioned. It's always nice to get a free plug (too bad they didn't link oss4lib) but Prospero isn't _quite_ that fancy yet... :)

Linux Kiosk HOW-TO

Gene Wilburn at the Royal Ontario Museum has written a HOW-TO for setting up public kiosks. While its current version doesn't cover several important issues for those wishing to lock down public workstations in libraries, he calls for contributions in those areas. The complete text of the Kiosk HOW-TO is online and waiting for your review.

oss4lib get-together at ALA, New Orleans

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Who can come Sunday evening at 8pm? We can meet at the end of the RLG-led Ariel Users Group session (where, by the way, Prospero and EDD will be demoed among other things). Email Dan or post here if you can come.

Scout Report funding to end

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today's New York Times reports that "The Scout Report, a highly regarded publication that monitors the Internet for new and useful research resources, is facing a loss of financing when its three-year grant from the National Science Foundation runs out next spring." it would be a shame to see this consistently high-quality service go by the wayside. the NYTimes article is available for free if you've signed up...

NEASIS Open Source symposium

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from Step, on oss4lib-list yesterday: "The New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science is sponsoring a symposium on "Open Source (and Free) Systems and Libraries" on December 6, 1999 at Yale University. NEASIS looks forward to the participation of Daniel Chudnov, Eric Raymond, Richard Stallman, and others at this event. A formal announcement will be sent out to various listservs, including OSS4LIB, in September."

SilverPlatter statement: no source for you

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SilverPlatter responded on SPIN-L to a brief thread (just click around for it) asking if SP had considered the free software model. The answer, to paraphrase, was "we thought about it, but it wouldn't work with our business model." Understandable... but hey, there are other business models out there, too: just ask Cygnus, RedHat, Caldera...

article: The GNU Project FTP Site

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Michelle Bejian of the UMich School of Information has written "The GNU Project FTP Site: A Digital Collection Supporting a Social Movement". It's an overview of the combination of volunteer and mechanical processes which enable ongoing development of that very large collection along with its history. Particularly interesting is how it's all driven by the free software ethic. Funny, when I was a umich i-school student I was fascinated by micropayment schemes... ;)

oss4lib at Open Source/Open Science

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Anyone attending the Open Source/Open Science conference starting tomorrow should stop by and visit the oss4lib poster/demo table. That's right... oss4lib is taking its first road trip. I'll be mostly talking about Jake and Prospero, but am definitely looking forward to meeting folks and such. Hope to see you there... (afterward: the conference went really well, with lots of very good feedback. in particular, Jon "Maddog" Hall suggested during his talk that librarians should reclassify free software to make it easier for folks to find... and one of the folks from openscience.org suggested something like science citation index for code, so programmers could get credit for reuse of their work by others. and i got a tour of a superconductor. all in all, it was a very worthwhile day on at our friendly neighborhood national lab... look for it next year. -dc

help us test

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i am working on enabling project/topic specific discussion threads. click -comments- and add one or two to help test it out.