Re: [CODE4LIB] Print Management Software Options

2010-02-09 Thread Gabriel Farrell
You could also bug Columbia about releasing NINJa [0].  I attempted to
get them to do so several times when I worked there, but no luck.  Oh
the bureaucratic fear of open source.


[0] http://www.columbia.edu/acis/facilities/printers/ninja.html

On Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 03:32:12PM -0600, Francis Kayiwa wrote:
 On 2/8/10 3:09 PM, Ryan Eby wrote:
 I'm interested in knowing what everyone is using for print management
 and cost recovery for public printing. We're currently using Pharos
 but I'd like to see what else is out there. I don't really have any
 requirements other than preferably available separate from any
 computer management system. Mostly just interested in what is out
 there and personal opinions of the product.
 
 I'd be especially interested in any OSS options. I've come across a
 few CUPS/lpr based systems (http://print.ncsu.edu/ and
 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1027802.1027849) but there doesn't appear
 to be any code release associated with them.
 
 Got the following response:
 
 verbatim
 Francis,
 
 The person you're referring to is most likely Adam Lewenburg.  He
 has since moved on, and I am now the service manager for LibPrint.
 
 We had looked into open sourcing the code, as well as several other
 methods of distributing the system to non-UIUC organizations.
 Unfortunately, the bureaucratic overhead involved turned out to be
 more massive than we could have imagined, and it turns out that we
 don't have the staff or resources to make it possible.
 
 Sorry for the bad news.  If there's anything else I can help you
 with, please let me know.
 jason.
 /verbatim
 
 GAH!
 
 regards,
 ./fxk
 


Re: [CODE4LIB] Print Management Software Options

2010-02-08 Thread Francis Kayiwa

On 2/8/10 3:09 PM, Ryan Eby wrote:

I'm interested in knowing what everyone is using for print management
and cost recovery for public printing. We're currently using Pharos
but I'd like to see what else is out there. I don't really have any
requirements other than preferably available separate from any
computer management system. Mostly just interested in what is out
there and personal opinions of the product.

I'd be especially interested in any OSS options. I've come across a
few CUPS/lpr based systems (http://print.ncsu.edu/ and
http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1027802.1027849) but there doesn't appear
to be any code release associated with them.


UNBELIEVABLE! I only *JUST* sent a note to W. Jason Strutz [0] at UIUC 
(our sister campus) asking them if they were willing to release the 
source of their poorly named LibPrint. :-)


A while back I talked to one of the people that wrote the software and 
they were willing to share. The person whose name escapes me as I type 
has since left for *other pastures*...


Will let you know what I hear.

./fxk

[0] https://www-s2.library.uiuc.edu/lp/docs/intro.pl


Re: [CODE4LIB] Print Management Software Options

2010-02-08 Thread Francis Kayiwa

On 2/8/10 3:09 PM, Ryan Eby wrote:

I'm interested in knowing what everyone is using for print management
and cost recovery for public printing. We're currently using Pharos
but I'd like to see what else is out there. I don't really have any
requirements other than preferably available separate from any
computer management system. Mostly just interested in what is out
there and personal opinions of the product.

I'd be especially interested in any OSS options. I've come across a
few CUPS/lpr based systems (http://print.ncsu.edu/ and
http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1027802.1027849) but there doesn't appear
to be any code release associated with them.


Got the following response:

verbatim
Francis,

The person you're referring to is most likely Adam Lewenburg.  He has 
since moved on, and I am now the service manager for LibPrint.


We had looked into open sourcing the code, as well as several other 
methods of distributing the system to non-UIUC organizations. 
Unfortunately, the bureaucratic overhead involved turned out to be more 
massive than we could have imagined, and it turns out that we don't have 
the staff or resources to make it possible.


Sorry for the bad news.  If there's anything else I can help you with, 
please let me know.

jason.
/verbatim

GAH!

regards,
./fxk