Koha-Community.org

I’ve made some changes to the links in the “Blogroll” over in the right column. I’ve taken out Koha.org and added an important new one: Koha-Community.org.

A little history

Koha.org has been around since the creation of Koha. It was initially owned and managed by Katipo Communications, the company which developed Koha 1.0 for the Horowhenua Library Trust. When Katipo’s Koha assets were acquired by LibLime, possession and control of the domain passed into LibLime’s hands. LibLime oversaw significant improvements to the site and appeared to have good intentions to improve access to authors from around the community.

Complaints

However, in recent months LibLime’s interest in conscientious stewardship of the site seems to have waned. Information on the site is, little by little, becoming out of date. The home page lists Koha 3.0.4 as the latest stable release, when Koha 3.0.5 was released two months ago now. It’s even worse on the “Download” page, which lists Koha 3.0.2 from June 4 2009 as the latest stable release. This kind of misinformation is irresponsible.

Besides providing information about Koha software, the site also provides users with information about commercial options for Koha support and hosting through its “Pay for Support” page. For months new companies offering Koha hosting and support have waited for their information to appear on the site. The submission form companies are asked to use is broken.

Remedies

The Koha community has attempted to communicate with LibLime about the situation without success. The Koha community has nominated the Horowhenua Library Trust to act as an independent steward of Koha-related assets like the Koha.org and the Koha trademark. We have proposed to LibLime that, given their lack of care and interest in Koha.org, transfer the domain and its management to HLT and let the Koha community take back control. LibLime has not responded to these requests.

The community was left with no choice:  we had to create a new home for the Koha project. We can no longer depend on the good will of LibLime. Koha-community.org came together quickly and beautifully thanks to all involved. Thanks are owed especially to Liz at the Northeast Kansas Library System for all her hard work.

If you want to share a link to the real open source Koha, please use http://koha-community.org

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2 Responses to “Koha-Community.org”

  1. Paul Poulain (BibLibre) Says:

    Hi Owen,

    this blog entry is so nicely written that I just translated it to french and fully endorse in BibLibre name what you write: http://www.biblibre.com/node/184

  2. Joann Ransom Says:

    Beautifully written Owen.

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