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[openFATE 314844] New Package group and focus on applications for public and private Libraries
Feature changed by: Christian Boltz (cboltz)
Feature #314844, revision 3
Title: New Package group and focus on applications for public and
private Libraries

- openSUSE Distribution: Unconfirmed
+ openSUSE Distribution: Rejected by Christian Boltz (cboltz)
+ reject reason: see my comment
Priority
Requester: Important

Requested by: Timothy Butterworth (timothy_m_butterworth)
Partner organization: openSUSE.org

Description:
All, Please consider looking into a new user area in library management
and automation software. As public libraries have existed for many
years with the goal of bringing knowledge freely to the masses they
also need to be up to date with technology as well. FOSS is a perfect
fit as many active FOSS applications exist and many are being worked on
by libraries. This could later become a new dedicated buisness unit.
Here are some links regarding information on FOSS use in Libraries.
http://foss4lib.org/decision-support http://foss4lib.org/packages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free_and_open-source_software_packages#Integrated_Library_System
http://www.washoecounty.us/library/open_source.html
http://www.libsuccess.org/Open_Source_Software
http://evergreen-ils.org/about.php I am sure there are many more use
cases than these as I compiled the list above quickly. Here is a good
oportunity to expand the user community, developers and buisness as
well. Libraries need a complex set of applications. It would be a great
idea to create a survey to assist in locating popular software already
being used that is spicific to library use for the new emphasis.
Offering value added bundled applications for Integrated Library
Management ILS, as well as other Library Management and Automation such
as more advanced and easy to implement pay for printing services would
be a great way to enter into this world wide market. Also almost all
libraries now offer some degree of KIOSK service. Improving KIOSK
management for example overwriting the home directory from a secure
snapshot after use to remove any previous user data. Of course a good
starting point is making the current FOSS Library specific applications
available with a special emphasis by having its own package group and
advertising there availability.
I personally think this should not just be simply merged into the
education spin but it could be added for school library management.

Business case (Partner benefit):
openSUSE.org: To expand FLOSS adoption into available markets that
already have similiar goals. To share knowledge with those who may
otherwise may not have the opportunity to enjoy the privledge of
knowledge.

+ Discussion:
+ #1: Christian Boltz (cboltz) (2017-06-26 17:06:27)
+ You are more than welcome to submit packages to Tumbleweed (and what
+ you describe indeed sounds useful) - see
+ https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Packaging to get started.
+ However, 4 years without any response show, nobody wanted to jump in.
+ It's unlikely that this will change, so it doesn't really make sense to
+ keep this feature request open.




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openSUSE Feature:
https://features.opensuse.org/314844

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