Wes Hamilton, WMRLS
As a compliment to the previous presentations, Wes focused just on Linux as an operating system, rather than the applications that run on top of it. He started with an interesting evolutionary history of Linux, which put into context all of the different flavors available today, and why there are so many.
He also pointed out that, even without knowing it, almost every internet user is already a Linux user, even if indirectly. Some of the post popular websites today (Google, flickr, Wikipedia and YouTube) are all being run on Linux platforms (and in Google's case, Wes said that over 450,000 Linux servers power the search engine - that is an unfathomable number of servers).
A few websites of note from Wes' presentation:
- ReportLab - nifty pdf generator
- OSalt - open source alternatives t commercial software
- Linux Distribution Chooser - answer questions to find out which flavor of Linux is best for your needs
- Open Source Web Design - 2000+ website templates free for the downloading
- Elizabeth Thomsen, NOBLE
- Joshua Ferraro, LibLime
- Randy Robertshaw, Tyngsborough (MA) Public Library
- Wes Hamilton, WMRLS
- Program Recap