Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces, the leading supplier of Web-based library automation systems, announced the option for libraries to run Millennium on Linux servers. The Linux option for Millennium is being developed in partnership with the Library of the University of Technology, Sydney in Australia.
“I am very gratified to be able to facilitate this development effort and to have the involvement of the University of Technology, Sydney,” said Aaron Blazer, Innovative's Director of International Customer Sales. “The UTS Library has long been at the forefront of technology and in the many years that I have worked with them, they have kept me challenged in a positive way to ensure that Innovative is continually positioned to provide solutions that meet the needs of their staff and end-users.”
He continued, “Innovative's philosophy has always been to provide choice, whether that be choice of system configuration, service level, hardware server, desktop device, or database structure. Porting the software to Linux expands on the array of choices available to our users and further supports Innovative's goal of platform, operating-system, and database independence.”
For the UTS Library, several factors inspired this initiative and therefore the decision to enter into a development partnership with Innovative. They include the reliability and performance of Linux, the growing list of applications and database development and deployment tools, its scalability, and the broad hardware platform support available. Linux also allows for the possibility of the integration of the Millennium system with core University systems. UTS further hopes to achieve reduced total cost of ownership. However, as University Librarian Alex Byrne noted, the primary reason was a philosophical commitment to open source approaches where they prove practicable.