They have been using Linux and open source software in its IT operations since 1999. It goes to show, though, that despite what many think, an organisation does in fact have a choice as to what licensing models they want to embrace. There is no legal requirement to have to use Microsoft, Oracle, etc.

It's a choice, but how many organisations actually consider those choices properly?

The article below is an interview with the library's IT director, Cindy Murdock Ames.

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The Crawford County Federated Library System has been using Linux and open source software in its IT operations since 1999. They realized early on the potential of open source and integrated it into their enterprise. They were a part of my own Linux journey as I built a content filtering system for our school district. Twenty years ago, there were few models for the use of open source in libraries and education. Meadville Public Library and the Crawford County Federated Library System were the leaders then and now.

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This is great. I particularly appreciate that the library system described is using Linux on their *public* computers. I feel like a fair number of organizations use Unix-like systems for the IT department but still have all of the public computers be Windows because of strange ideas that Linux must be hard to use. It doesn't have to be this way.

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@dynamic true, and for most just using a browser and printing on public computers, there is almost zero difference apart from no license needed.

@gadgeteer @dynamic And even if configuring printers were hard... it's not like the end-users would have to do it!

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