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  • by ajt (2546) on 2003.06.20 12:21 (#21293) Homepage Journal

    I think it's a good idea in principle, BUT there are problems.

    Many libraries I've seen have been got at, and are full of expensive Dell/HP/IBM PCs running expensive proprietary operating systems like Windows XP. If you come along trying to distribute "free" open source software, you may find the shadow of FUD being cast over the poor old library, by the BSA/Microsoft: what if it's not free software? what if it's pirated? what if it's kiddie porn? how could a self respecting Windows using library protect it's self from naughty open source people?

    I don't think you'll get HM Govt involved, they sold out to MS years ago, but you may be able to get a pilot running somewhere, perhaps a University library, and try and get someone like IBM/RedHat/SuSE involved so you can say it's all kosher.

    --
    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • There is actually a pretty strong community of open source developers in the library community. Check out oss4lib [oss4lib.org] for details. Believe it or not, there is also perl4lib [rice.edu], which is a listserv for perl in libraries that has been around for a few years. Both would be good discussion forums for your idea.
      • I would think there would be natural affinity between libraries and Open Source.

        I've read somewhere that publishers tried to license books in the late 19th and early part of the 20th Century to fight the growing 'threat' of the many libraries that were springing up. These licenses allowed you to read the book, but not to lend it out. This was struck down in the Supreme Court and the concept of First Sale was established that basically gave you the rights to do whatever you wanted with copyrighted materia