[Server-devel] [XSCE] Re: A Path to Pathagar.

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Tue Jun 4 17:49:11 EDT 2013

Thanks you so much for asking Braddock -- importing/exporting/sync'ing
large number of books for real-world libraries are too easily dismissed as
curatorial gardening!

Thankfully there was mention on today's call that
http://calibre-ebook.comwas perfect for this job of large school
libraries, but only experts like
Anna would know for sure whether this kind of mega-import is hype or
achievable if not elegant reality, as you know so well in the IIAB business

On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM, Braddock <braddock at braddock.com> wrote:

>  I'm curious how Pathagar may be applicable to our Internet-in-a-Box (
> http://internet-in-a-box.org).
> Can it scale to the 40,000 epub books in Project Gutenberg?
> thanks,
> Braddock Gaskill
> On 06/04/2013 01:46 PM, David Farning wrote:
> One of the additions to XSCE 0.3 is the ability to add services to XSCE
> without having an intimate knowledge of the entire server. Our first real
> test of this is the inclusion of Pathagar as a bookserver.
>  For the last three releases the XSCE project has focused on the basics:
> 1. Network connectivity within the classroom.
> 2. Internet access were available.
>  3. Modular structure.
>  This has been the boring framework stuff which will enable the fun user
> facing stuff like Pathagar to work.
>  Pathagar is a simple bookserver. In this case, simple means rugged and
> maintainable. Pathagar has three purposes; browse, search and download
> digital books from a server.
>  In the basic use case a librarian or curator places digital books in a
> directory on the server. Students can then browse, search and download from
> their web browser or bookreader software.
>  Technically, most of the pieces are in place:
> 1. I believe the XSCE needs a bit more work handle external storage. (Not
> barfing if the USB connection is bumped.)
>  2. Pathagar is fully functional.
>  The remaining steps will be to:
> 1. Validate Fedora packaging.
> 2. Create the glue code to add Pathagar to XSCE is a plugin.
> 3. Validate loosely coordinated release.
> 4. Test, test, test.
>  Technically this seems pretty straight forward.  The more open ended
> issues is curating content. A book server with no books is as useful as
> school server which doesn't serve.
>  --
> David Farning
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