Howard County Library Upgrades Computer System
MD) – Each Howard County Library customer's computer experience will
soon be dramatically enhanced! On September 21, all Howard
County Library public access computers were upgraded to a new operating
system called “Groovix.” -- www.groovix.com
Customers will be able to:
- Browse the Internet using a choice of
two “best-in-class” web-browsers: Firefox or Opera.
- Work using
word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software from
OpenOffice (open, modify, print and save Microsoft Office and
WordPerfect files and store them in their “native” formats).
- Message using GAIM, a cross-platform
instant messaging product which lets IM users sign in with AOL, MSN,
Yahoo, and other IM accounts.
- Play and listen to audio via Real
Player (bring headphones or buy a pair from the library for $1).
- Access files
from the popular USB “thumb drives” (bring one or buy one from the
library for $20). Fill up one with free e-books or full-text magazine
and newspaper articles from the Library's web site.
In addition to these new features, all branches will offer more new
monitors, mice and keyboards (including two large text keyboards per
branch), more memory (512 MB of Ram), on-screen text enlargement, and
updated, secure virus protection systems.
Howard County Library is a pioneer in Maryland in using Open Source
software on public and staff machines. Because Open Source software is
available free or at a very modest cost, the Library can provide public
computers at a fraction of the cost using comparable
Amy Begg De Groff
Library Technology Services Department Head
Howard County Library
Ranked number one in the nation among the great public library systems
by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) 2005
Howard County Library is committed to using open source solutions whenever possible.