Total Library Solution – TLS
Total Library Solution (TLS) is a suite of Free and Open Source Software customized for the local needs of LIS Community of Pakistan.
TLS is customized solution for the following (Installed, Pre-configured, Customized) software:
1- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server (A secure Server-Based installation)
2- Koha 3.10.3 ILS (Latest version, customized for local needs of LIS community of Pakistan)
3- DSpace (A favorite Digital Library Suite)
4- Greenstone Digital Library Software (GSDL)
5- Joomla (Award Winning Content Management System)
6- WordPress (Blogging / Content Management System)
and many more…
This DVD can be used without installing on your computer. Just put DVD in DVD ROM and restart your computer and select LIVE CD/DVD option and all the above software will be available immediately without any configuration.
To install all the above Free and Open Source applications, just select install option and a wizard will start to help you install on your computer.
TLS Installation Demo Video
This DVD is available at Sourceforge website.
- What is Live DVD?
- What is Total Library Solution (TLS) and why do you think that it is very important achievement?
- Why do you think that it is very important achievement?
- We are Windows users and do not know how to use Linux, can it will be helpful for us too?
- From where this DVD can be obtained?
- Is there any training available to use TLS DVD?
- What is the price of TLS?
Ans: LIVE DVD is a DVD that has two major functions:
a- It can be used to install Linux on your computer/server
b- It can be used without installation. Just put the DVD into your computer DVD and restart it with Live CD/DVD options and all the functionality will be available without affecting your computer hardware.
So a Live DVD can help you to choose whether you need it to install on your computer or not. Simply it is a test drive.
Q.2: What is Total Library Solution (TLS) and why do you think that it is very important achievement?
Ans: Total Library Solution is a combination of many Free and Open Source Software. Major software are :
- Koha 3.10.3 (Latest Version)
- Greenstone Digital Library Software
- DSpace Digital Library Software
- WordPress Blogging / Content Management System
Ans: Most of library professionals in Pakistan are Windows users and Free and Open Source Software for library use are available in Linux. Keeping in view the needs of Windows users the combination of software is configured so that professionals can use them without having expertise of Linux. Also Configuration is a hectic process and we believe that user may not put their efforts in configuration etc. They should directly go in the application and use it.
Ans: TLS is a collection of FOSS on Linux and all the components will be installed on your server or some PC with Linux but you will use this PC in LAN or Internet using your Windows machine. Just like most of web services like Yahoo, GMail, etc are being provided from Linux/Unix servers but we can easily use those services from our Windows computers. So it is only one time installation of TLS on one of your computer then you will not be accessing all services in Linux
So it does not make any difference whether you are Windows user or Linux user to use TLS
Ans: This DVD will be available at www.sourceforge.net and www.lisolutions.org. Also some other locations will also be announced so that you can get the DVD if you don’t have high speed internet connection because the size if this DVD will be more than 1.5 GB and it is difficult for some users to download such big size of DVD
Ans: We have got a very good response from LISolutions trainees who have already got some training from us to organize some training on Koha 3 for Linux and TLS too. We will arrange some training soon at Lahore or Islamabad for Koha 3 and TLS.
This training will include:
a- How to use TLS and its components?
b- How to use Koha 3 for Linux?
c- How to migrate from other software (Koha for Windows, ISIS, LIMS, etc) to Koha 3
Ans: TLS is Free. It is being released using Free and Open Source Framework and all software/technology used in this package is FOSS. So everything is Free and Open Source
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