RO: Romanian public libraries to use Open Source

Romanian public libraries can now use an Open Source library system for managing book loans and reservations, searching catalogues, managing library assets, maintaining a website and general administration.

The Open Source software for library automation IBLA, was developed over the last two years by a group of IT consultants working at the Military Technical Academy and Contact Net, a Romanian company. The developers Adina Riposan, Emil Mieilica and Iosif Biro hope the project will increase the use of Open Source software in the country.

The library project is financed by the Romanian and the Italian government, both countries wanting to develop an integrated public library system. The project was finished earlier this year.

So This Penguin Walks Into The Library...

Interesting Story on an attempt to get Linux into The Austin Public Library System: "The inventory, be they books, dvds, cd's magazines or computer software is selected in what would appear to be an arbitrary method. The process of actually getting something into the library inventory is daunting."


How passwords get cracked

from Lifehacker The man at One Man's Blog explains how alarmingly easy it is to crack passwords and offers tips on choosing safer ones.

First, he breaks down the steps he'd take in cracking a password. That includes the simple act of guessing the top ten passwords (pet's name, "1234," date of birth, etc.) used by 20 percent of all users. If that doesn't work, he'll turn to a brute-force attack, which, as you can see in the table above, can get the job done in as little as 0.02 seconds.

This is eye-opening stuff, even for users who know better than to use "1234" as their password. Thankfully, the author goes on to provide seven great tips on choosing safer passwords, including using Microsoft's password strength tester. Required reading. When you're done, check out our other posts on


Linux to help the Library of Congress save American history The Library of Congress, where thousands of rare public domain documents relating to America's history are stored and slowly decaying, is about to begin an ambitious project to digitize these fragile documents using Linux-based systems and publish the results online in multiple formats.

Thanks to a $2 million grant from the Sloan Foundation, "Digitizing American Imprints at the Library of Congress" will begin the task of digitizing these rare materials -- including Civil War and genealogical documents, technical and artistic works concerning photography, scores of books, and the 850 titles written, printed, edited, or published by Benjamin Franklin. According to Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive, which developed the digitizing technology, open source software will play an "absolutely critical" role in getting the job done.


Librarians Project Taking Part In Google Summer of Code!

Over on the LibLime Developers' Blog they've just Announced that LibLime has been selected as a mentoring organization for the Google Summer of Code program. Google Summer of Code offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects.

LibLime's ideas page lists several projects for students to work on, most are related to Koha. Student applications are being accepted now

Big Review for SHOE (Kristin Shoemaker)!

...from the Malden Observer. Yes, the world has noticed our very own Kristin Shoemaker, a reference/systems librarian (the Linux Librarian), and author of Aurora Borealis (a tale of two sisters, murder, and a Fed Ex Man), a POD novel the author self-effacingly calls "a beach read." Later this summer, Shoe will be taking a bit of time off from the Malden Library to do an autographing tour.

Shoes comments, "The biggest joy for me in this? I know that my library is preserving me for(nearly)ever in microfilm!"


Are We Open (Source) Yet?

Dorrie pointed the way to the latest issue of the State Library of Ohio News [PDF] and a couple of interesting open source articles. "Are We Open (Source) Yet?" and "Libraries are Opening Up To Open Source are a good intro to the topic.

Puppy Linux

News comes from CRN regarding a new distribution of Linux, named "Puppy".

"I think one of the key advantages of Puppy is the simplicity," said Barry Kauler, the developer of Puppy Linux, in an e-mail interview. "When other distributions start up, you see all these servers loading, but in Puppy it's really basic and bootup is remarkably fast.

Puppy Linux can be downloaded for free from Kauler's Web site . Future updates to the distribution will be forthcoming every four to six weeks, Kauler said. Also in the works is a multisession version of Puppy, which saves everything back to CD.


Linux in action: A public library's success story

Here's A Great One from NewsForge by Joe Barr.
Over the past year, the Howard County (Md.) Public Library has migrated more than 200 public PCs from Windows 98 and Windows NT to Linux. These PCs are used both to surf the Internet and to access the library's catalogues. NewsForge recently spoke with Brian Auger, associate director of the library, and the IT team responsible for the migration. They wanted to learn more about why and how it was accomplished, and how pleased they are with the results.

Everyone appears to be happy with the results: patrons, IT staff, and management.


Brazilian Government Urges Linux Use

Backed by Linux cheerleader Brazilian President Lula, the Brazilian government is urging its agencies and offices to dump software with expensive licensing agreements in favor of Linux. Another of Lula's goals is to extend Internet access to low- and middle-income Brazilians, which might be made more feasible with open source software. More here from this Yahoo/Reuters story.



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