Yes, you heard me right. The Balme library records have been fully digitized and guess the platform being used… Ubuntu 6.06! I needed to stretch a bit after sitting for some two hours and took a stroll into the main hall of the Balme library. I noticed some computer terminals and upon closer inspection, I realized the machines had Ubuntu 6.06 installed on them. There is some sort of web based application here that provides a front-end to the library database. The idea is that a student can just walk in and enter the details of a book he’s looking for and instantly be told which part of this huge building that book is located. So no more tedious searching through long index card catalogues for me.
The desktop looks dumbed down a bit. No desktop switcher, no address bar in firefox and there are instructions telling you to not close firefox. The idea is to prevent people from browsing with these machines.
Those rules do not generally apply to me though… I’m blogging from one of the machines right now. I’ll blog a bit more about the set-up here when I get the chance… I have to go and prepare for an exam tomorrow morning.