The GNU/Linux desktop: An open access primer for libraries

Eric P. Delozier

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the GNU/Linux operating system, with special attention to its use as a desktop computing platform in libraries. Design/methodology/approach: This paper describes the connection between libraries and the open source communities. It provides a model for an open source desktop computer that incorporates the needs of libraries. Specific topics covered include the graphical desktop, office productivity, electronic mail, web browsing and viewers, and public access computing. Findings: It is possible to model a desktop computer around open source software, however the ultimate decision on whether to proceed must be measured against potential costs, governing policies, and organizational cultures. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the improvement, growth, and development of the library and open source communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-42
Number of pages8
JournalOCLC Systems and Services
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 13 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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