ubunutu follow-up, explanations and links

Wow, so that was a crazy 36 hours or so. I posted that video, went to bed and woke up to find I was a minor media sensation. The video has been seen almost 14,000 times. Cory Doctorow called me an “Internet folk-hero” (which cracks me up). I wrote a bit more about that on my personal website. When people ask about social software and what it’s good for, I can now safely say that it’s good for having someone ship you a few boxes of your favorite open source OS on CD (you can get some too!), a few random marriage proposals from guys with hotmail addresses, and leveraging whatever your position is so that more people can know about it. More knowledge is good. The biggest piece of overall feedback I got was that my little video made installing an operating system look “fun” and when was the last time you had fun installing an operating system?

I do need to come clean and say that I haven’t even gone back to the library to see how the desktops are working out yet. I’m there for 90 min or so every week or every other week. I still haven’t tackled stickier issues like Internet and printer drivers. I have to change the root password now that everyone has seen it. I have installed Ubuntu a grand total of four times, once with an awful lot of help. Both my PC and my Mac laptops run Ubuntu but while it’s my OS of choice on the PC, I like the Mac OS better on the MacBook and I apologize for not being a True Believer. Here are some good Ubuntu links that people sent me either over email or in the comments. If you’re Ubuntu-curious, they will help you.

11 Responses to “ubunutu follow-up, explanations and links”

  1. Nathan Oyler Says:

    Enjoyable video, gave me a good laugh :)

  2. j's scratchpad » Blog Archive » More info on Ubunutu Linux Says:

    [...] Jessamyn West of the Librarian.net blog has a new posting on more info on Ubunutu Linux, including links even to a wiki! http://www.librarian.net/stax/2043/ubunutu-follow-up-explanations-and-links/ [...]

  3. David B. Says:

    Dear Jessamyn:
    Let me contribute with some links you might find useful related to your nice video of the other day.

    As I told you in a comment to your video post, there is a superb Free Software option to manage libraries called KOHA at http://www.koha.org
    Here you have a list of some libraries with public accesible catalogs you can check:
    This is a step further in adopting FLOSS for your library and one more complex than installing Ubuntu, but maybe you can propose the software to be adopted as project for improvement for a group of libraries of your environement (maybe at a council level?, were you planning to upgrade from an older system sometime soon, this might save quite a lot of money)
    Another area where you can benefit from FLOSS is in the website of your library: you can set up a dynamic site like Drupal, Joomla, Xoops (or even WordPress), etc so it is much easier to update your website, post news, activities, notices, etc related to your library.
    Hosting service for these websites are really cheap nowadays (150$ for two years or so), you can test demos of any of these systems at
    Another compilation of Free Software for Windows can be found at:
    There is an educational variation of Ubuntu, called Edubuntu that you might find of interest if you get young readers to use your library’s computers, it includes part of KDE edutainment suite (although it runs gnome), I think it is worth checking (maybe you could suggest the idea to your local school, so they do the same as you in case the get donated PCs or set up a computer lab):
    To end with my coment: I saw a troll or microsoft drone commenting on your video post: expect some of them coming now you have become a popular example to follow: this is whattthey fear and they must figh against, but donĀ“t worry: you have all the support of hundreds of thousands of happy Linux users around the world!!!

    Again, sincere congratulations and best regards.
    David B. Spain.

  4. Software Livre no SAPO » Blog Archive » Ubuntu na Biblioteca Says:

    [...] Uns dias depois publicou um outro artigo, onde revelou a sua surpresa por inesperadamente se ter tornado numa pequena “estrela” da comunidade. [...]

  5. Heimo Says:

    Your video was linked on Ubuntuforums (http://www.ubuntuforums.org/) and now it’s also on Groklaw (http://www.groklaw.net/). Very nice! If you haven’t yet accepted any of those marriage proposals, you’ll find me at Ubuntuforums. ;-)

  6. Vermont’s Librarian | Tiago Boldt Sousa Says:

    [...] After the success she had with that initiative, she’s also written a follow-up, with some tips on how to install Ubuntu. [...]

  7. Dee Says:

    Your video is really cute and cool. It’s really made it way over to many internet sites and forums(even ones from Singapore)!

  8. Jonathan Says:

    I appreciate you helping to bring so much attention to the existence of good accordion music.

  9. Paul Says:


    Enjoyable little video. I am wondering how the clients are enjoying Ubuntu.

  10. Greywulf Says:

    Well deserved praise and fame for a brilliant video :)

    Congratulations and thanks for posting the video up in the first place.

    Here in the UK we love ya!

    Mor e Ubuntus (can Ubuntu be plural? Ubuntii maybe) in libraries we say.

    Consider yourself rss’d.

  11. oldvermonthome.info » Supreme Court of Georgia Names LexisNexis Publisher of Official Reports Says:

    [...] We’ve started putting up useful or fun YouTube videos, one a day, to demonstrate the significant noninfringing use of the service. Also because we’re having fun. At first, I was putting them in News Picks, but this one is too great not to put right here. It’s a librarian in Vermont, USA, who installs Ubuntu on two rickety old donated computers in less than an hour and then shows Ubuntu off. The computers didn’t come with valid licenses to any operating system, so she tried Ubuntu. As you will see, she is impressed at all the applications that come with it, including OpenOffice, and she shows you how to save an OpenOffice document as Microsoft Word format. Here’s the Ogg version of her video. If you would like to do the same, and she does make it look fun, here are some instructions she posted afterwards, but as you will see in the video, Ubuntu does the ubuntuing without much input from you. You can even ask and they’ll send you a free CD in the mail of Ubuntu, Edubuntu, or Kubuntu, if you don’t want to burn your own. I use Kubuntu myself. Edubuntu is for schools. If you are a business, this page about applications tested to run on Ubuntu and where support is available will interest you. But Ubuntu, as they say, is and always be free of charge: Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. You do not pay any licensing fees. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing. We issue a new desktop and server release every six months. That means you’ll always have the the latest and greatest applications that the open source world has to offer. [...]