There's been a lot of chatter in libraryland and now even in the open source community outside of libraryland about a SirsiDynix article written by Stephen Abram. The article had been released over the last few months to a few select SirsiDynix customers but was leaked around Halloween.
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"BibLibre wants to push libraries who call us to do development work, for Koha or any other piece of software, to write in the RFP itself or the contract that all the code produced will both: have an open source license; and be accessible on a public repository."
If you are trying to make sense of what is going on with Liblime and Koha. This is the article for you (by Kathryn Greenhill at her blog Libraries Matter Librarians Matter):
The Equinox Promise: An Open Letter to the Evergreen Community
We at Equinox Software feel it is timely to share an evolving document we call the Equinox Promise.
We invite engagement and feedback from everyone, and encourage other vendors to come up with similar statements, or join in on ours.
The Equinox Promise
In 2007, Equinox Software was founded by a group of dedicated people who believe that open source software offers libraries unheralded opportunities to engage in the process of designing the tools they use.
A software company can never speak for the open source communi
This announcement from Liblime officially established a forked version of Koha (or possibly two versions: see their new "budget-friendly ILS for Small Libraries"). This is a sad day for the larger Koha development community.
Just finished doing a webinar with Infopeople called Open Source Library Systems: Free is Just the Tip of the Iceberg.
This message came through on the Koha mailing list. It's from the 3.0 Release Manager Galen Charlton. It is worth sharing with everyone who wishes Koha continued success and appreciates the hard work of the initiators of the project as well as all the contributors that continue to add value to it. That includes me! Happy Koha Day on September 6!
This note from Galen:
I just realized that I had created a happy coincidence by picking 6
September as the soft feature freeze date for 3.2.
I thought you would like to know that there will be an off-site Open Source Unconference during ALA 2009. It will be held Saturday morning, July 11, 9:30am-12:15pm at the Harold Washington Library Center. The goal is to get people informed, inspired, and involved in Open Source Library System projects in the Library.
I just signed on to a letter to President Obama (I love saying that!) urging him to consider expanding the use of Open Source Software in government.
Here's an excerpt from the letter:
Open-source software brings transparency to software development.