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1 Linux-Based Public Workstations: Issues and Application Session: B202 Perry Horner Coordinator of Library Technology Support & Development ASU at the West Campus Fletcher Library

2 Introduction Disruptive Technology

3 Introduction Disruptive Technology –Windows 95

4 Introduction Disruptive Technology –Windows 95 –Mac OS X

5 Introduction Disruptive Technology –Windows 95 –Mac OS X –Linux

6 Linux as a Strategic Fit Business Term –Transfer of skills and expertise and combine related activities to reduce cost and support goals

7 Linux as a Strategic Fit Business Term –Transfer of skills and expertise and combine related activities to reduce cost and support goals Market, Management, Operation

8 Linux as a Strategic Fit Business Term –Transfer of skills and expertise and combine related activities to reduce cost and support goals Market, Management, Operation Linux must exist harmoniously in all three to be successful

9 Metrics Cost

10 Metrics Cost Service

11 Metrics Cost Service Flexibility

12 Metrics Cost Service Flexibility Ease of Maintenance

13 Metrics Cost Service Flexibility Ease of Maintenance User Satisfaction

14 Knowledge & Resources for Success The Linux Desktop –Feet first Linux Servers –man pages, config files Linux Community –User groups, forums, lists, Web

15 Implications with Users and Staff At the end of the day, user satisfaction is your litmus test Interface design –Choose a desktop manager –Customize your look and feel environment

16 Implications with Users and Staff At the end of the day, user satisfaction is your litmus test Process control –Attractors –Visible instructions –Intuitiveness

17 Implications with Users and Staff At the end of the day, user satisfaction is your litmus test Application offerings –Many choices –Many compromises

18 Implications with Users and Staff Web browsers Support Applications Printing Saving to removable media No A:

19 Implications with Users and Staff Industry Example (Ovid) function printRecords() { if (validateRange()) { if (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Netscape/7.0") != -1) { // Netscape 7.0x alert("Sorry, your browser doesn't support this feature. To print records, click the Preview button, click in the frame containing the records and then select Print from your browser File menu."); return; } with (parent.content.document.forms[0]) { action="previewBriefRecordsHidden.ws"; view_origin.value = "main_view"; target="preview"; method="get"; // Need to set method to get to get Netscape 4.7 to print submit(); }

20 Specialized Linux Environments LTSP (Linux Terminal Server Project) Live CDs Embedded Systems Fat Clients Combination of some or all [ Fletcher Library ]

21 Conclusion Rewarding and fulfilling experience Enables freedom in application design, development, behavior, and presentation Removes umbilical cord to commercial vendors product roadmap Companies large and small are reaping benefits

22 Questions? Is your library ready for the next disruptive technology?…

23 Questions? Is your library ready for the next disruptive technology?… LINUX

24 Questions? Is your library ready for the next disruptive technology?… LINUX


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