[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Evergreen Integration with UserFul Pre-Book

Lori Ayre loriayre at gmail.com
Mon Jan 4 12:15:48 EST 2010

Hi Rogan,

I'll just chime in because I am familiar with the folks at Userful and I can
verify that they use open source software in their commercial products but
are not themselves an open source project.  They seem like a good group who
have found a library niche but it isn't about open source per se. They use
open source software as a cost saving mechanism more than as part of a
philosophical position.

That said, I know nothing about this (presumably) new product of theirs.

Lori Ayre

On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 4:34 AM, Rogan Hamby <rhamby at florencelibrary.org>wrote:

>  I looked at the web site but saw several things that made me leery about
> them.  With that said I would love for there to be a good open source
> solution for this and would be curious as to your experiences.  Indeed, I
> would love for my concerns here to be groundless.
> I didn't see any libraries listed as using Pre-Book.  All their
> testimonials are for their closed source products.  Their compiled downloads
> on their webpage have been offline for updating for a month or more now.
> The page (whose copy right hasn't been updated to 2009 much less 2010) says
> that you can download the binaries and source at sourceforge - including the
> full live CD install server and window client.  I haven't downloaded it but
> at 500K I have serious doubts about this.  I don't care how streamlined your
> server is, if you can fit all of its components (OS, etc...) and a Windows
> client in 500K tar gzip file you've accomplished a not so minor miracle.
> They say that it supports SIP and LDAP but no only don't have documentation
> for SIP integration but say that you must contract with them.  Documentation
> is sparse.  I don't fault them for pushing the pricing and hiring them model
> of things since they're a business but I don't have the impression there is
> a community around this - you can say anything is open source so long as you
> fulfill some licensing requirements - that doesn't mean you have the
> community around it that a huge project like Apache or medium size one like
> Evergreen has.
> *From:* open-ils-general-bounces at list.georgialibraries.org [mailto:
> open-ils-general-bounces at list.georgialibraries.org] *On Behalf Of *Chad
> Teal
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 31, 2009 10:05 PM
> *To:* open-ils-general at list.georgialibraries.org
> *Subject:* [OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] Evergreen Integration with UserFul Pre-Book
> The library I work with is currently looking at PC Reservation options and
> I'm curious if anyone has used Pre-Book.  I'm in the process of downloading
> the install now but noticed that they require paid support for custom
> integration with ils software.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.
> --
> CT
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