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Linux in Libraries an Overdue Concept?

Jun 15, 2009, 20:32 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"Linux-enabled back-end systems are in very widespread use for cataloging books and other library content, acknowledged Curl, who heads up Medfield, MA-based Enertex Systems. But when it comes to end user terminals, the PCs accessed by patrons in actual physical library settings, Curl considers only a handful of deployments in the US to be real success stories.

"Curl first stepped into the Linux-in-libraries scene around five years ago, through a previous venture known as Starwood Partners. The consultant reasoned that libraries would be especially keen on avoiding the costs of Windows licenses and maintenance by embracing Linux as an alternative for Internet use and other forms of public access computing."

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