Evaluating Open Source

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There are many guides out there on evaluating open source. I also have my own opinions on the matter. This guide from OStatic though is pretty thorough and worth adding to your resources on the topic of evaluating open source.

One of the best benefits to open source software is how it can fill in the gaps when developing applications. At times it makes sense to look around and see if anyone else has already solved the problem you are looking at, especially if it is a common feature. Unfortunately, not all open source projects are built the same, and deciding to adopt someone else’s code into your project must be carefully considered. Here are seven steps to starting a successful long-term relationship with an open source project.

Digsby Goes Open Source


Digsby is an instant message client with a pretty nice interface. I wasn’t using it in the past because I wanted to go with an open source alternative and I was liked Adium. That said, TechCrunch is reporting that Digsby has gone open source and so I might have to try it out again!

The move gives a new lease of life to Digsby, which integrates different messaging and email clients into a single, unified view.

If you’d like to get access to the source code you can visit GitHub.

Creating Routing Lists in Koha 3.4


Part of serials management sometimes includes routing serials to specific staff members before putting the item on the shelf for the public. This practice is common in special and academic libraries. The following video will walk you through creating and printing routing lists using the serials module in Koha. This video assumes that you have already set up at least one subscription in Koha, if you haven’t you might be interested in my tutorial video on setting up subscriptions.

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Setting Circ & Fine Rules in Koha 3.4


One of the most critical administrative tasks in Koha is setting up your circulation and fine rules. This video, while a bit longer than most of my tutorials, covers this very necessary task of setting up Koha to circulate your items according to your specific rules.

As always, if you have an idea for a video, please just let me know and I’ll add it to my list of things to record.

Who’s using open source

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This is a neat little summary of the proprietary companies out there using open source. The article starts with a neat claim:

So if you are going to master software you must master open source. You can’t do it otherwise. There is no way to succeed in a services world without it.

And goes on to list companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Intel who are both using and contributing to open source software! Got to love it!

Learn more at TechCrunch.

Tech Employers Searching GitHub


This article from CNET is pretty cool (well cool to this open source advocate at least):

Forget LinkedIn: Companies turn to GitHub to find tech talent

Because engineers and designers can post their work for all to see, more and more companies are realizing they can see what people can actually do, not just say they can do.

If you don’t know, GitHub is one of many sites out there where open source code is shared and worked on. The article goes on:

[Zach] Holman also said that internally, GitHub is seeing more and more signs that outside companies are using the service as an initial indicator of whether a potential hire is good or not. “Whether or not somebody has contributed to open source is a good indicator of whether they’re a good engineer,” he said.

So, if you’re looking for a job in computer programming, maybe it’s time to stop developing behind closed doors and get out there in the open!

Read the entire article.