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Practical Open Source Software for Libraries by Nicole Engard

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6

Open source web access

There isn’t a day that goes by when librarians do not have to access the internet in one way or another. We have research to do online, reference questions to answer via email and books to buy from our vendors online, and just as our computers do not need to use proprietary software, so too is proprietary software unnecessary for us to access the web.

Open source web browsing

If you were to make the switch to only one open source application in this book (and I hope that is not the case), Firefox (http://www.firefox.com) is for you (see Figure 6.1). Firefox has taken the web browser from being a way to read web pages to being a way to interact fully with the web. The power of Firefox lies in its open source architecture; ...

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