Katipo’s koha still wooing librarians around the world

Posted on: February 12, 2006 - 21:02 By: carl

A nice article in Computerworld about Koha, the Open Source Library Management system. Chris's presentation at Linux Conf 2006 was very interesting. I was struck yet again by how much New Zealanders achieve overseas while being ignored at home. Koha is a case in point. Used by Libraries, Universities and businesses all over the world and there are, wait for it, two libraries in NZ using it. Go figure.

If Linus snubs new GPL, is that it for 'open source'?

Posted on: February 7, 2006 - 20:49 By: carl

An interesting article on The Register. Regular Reg. readers will be aware of that august publications impartial and objective approach to reporting... no, wait, that must be some other paper...

Anyway, it's under Andrew Orlowski's byline if that's any help. I still can't quite shake the feeling that the GPL V2 vs. V3 argument is a bit of a storm in a teacup at this point. The draft GPL V3 is out looking for feedback and drawing up battle lines at this early stage seems a bit premature to me. On the other hand, given the personalities of the people involved in the document to date I'm not entirely sure that there will be a great deal of modification to it either, no matter what feedback is received. I will, as always, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised*.

Linux is Yoghurt?

Posted on: February 6, 2006 - 21:05 By: carl

This little gem comes from the Sunday Times in the UK. The story is titled 'Why not break free?' and the yoghurt comment comes from one Nicholas McGrath who is listed as Microsofts Director of Platform Strategy. We've clearly moved on from being carcinogenic and un-american...

The story itself is reasonably accurate and worth a read. The couple of errors I noticed may very well be due to an over-zealous sub-editor getting their hooks into it.

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