Liblime Acquires Katipo’s Koha Division

March 26, 2007

I first saw this while browsing oss4lib

Press release here:

Wow. Congrats to Katipo.

I’m super keen to get my hands on a working copy of Koha, because I’d love to have a look at it – unfortunately, I have had some problems installing a test version on my home server.

I’m convinced there’s room for Koha to be more widely used in (atleast) the special library market in New Zealand (home of myself, and Koha). Well, I’m convinced there’s room for another small library system in this market anyway, and with Government starting to make more serious noises about open source software, what better than Koha?

As far as I can tell, the NZ special library library system market currently consists of two products: DB Textworks/CS and… Liberty. (er, another software that was homebrewed until it got sold to an Australian company; the name of which I’ve temporarily forgotten). The latter has suffered I believe since it was sold to Australia (both in quality and support) and while I believe DB Textworks is a decent product, I still believe special libraries out there could do better!

I’d love to get a job like working at Liblime as a NZ representative… I was going to approach Katipo upon my return to NZ. So perhaps I’ll drop Liblime an email instead!


Second Life…

January 9, 2007

… I didn’t really get it either.

I’m admitting this after reading the latest post from Information Wants to be Free:

Meridith said:

I had gone into Second Life while doing research for my book and I really didn’t enjoy my experience in there. But everyone was raving so much about it and it was starting to feel very (I’m not sure if this is the right word) false to me.

I mean, I totally enjoy RPGs, but the faffing around it took to create the ‘right’ look for my avatar I just couldn’t be bothered perservering with the world. I’m tempted to think this  may have been related to the speed of my broadband connection – but hey, I’m in the UK and my speed aint that bad. How people back home in NZ are coping, I can’t imagine. Maybe Second Life’s age is still yet to come, like broadband speeds have opened up YouTube to the masses, further processing and speeds will make Second Life more accessable.