A year and a half ago the ASU West Library made a strategic decision to move
all of our public workstations and support servers from a Microsoft platform
and onto a Linux platform. Some of you may remember my initial
announcement. This paramount project positions our library as a leader and
innovator with the use of Linux in a library setting- specifically with
access workstations. This accomplishment was obtained using mainly 2 1/2
FTE over the course of 18 months sustaining the Microsoft environment while
also building the new Linux environment for a quick, staged, 2-month Summer
2003 conversion. The Library has realized a 50% reduction in TCO and has an
open platform positioned for creative new and customized applications and
services. We are now free of Microsoft :) Since the fall 2003 semester
started, our new workstations (70 stations) have been used by students and
visitors over 35,000 times. We have received no complaints. The lack of
complaints came as a surprise to us and breaks some standing assumptions we
had about our users expectations of computer platforms and applications.
A PR announcement was released at LinuxPR.com
(http://linuxpr.com/releases/6172.html) and the project is viewable at:
http://wlibinfo.westlib.asu.edu/projects/current/e3/menu.php including the
final project documentation (all 180+ pages) in PDF format.
I hope you might find our project interesting, informative and useful. If
you have any questions or comments, please contact me.
Coordinator of Library Technology Support & Development
ASU West Fletcher Library