[Koha] What kind of IT skills required...?
sossolapro at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 1 12:09:53 NZDT 2011
I am sorry I forgot to thank you all for your help with my (very general) questions about Koha.
All your explanations have been very useful already, and I keep on refering to your emails in our initial thinking about the server etc.
Many many thanks!
> From: chris at bigballofwax.co.nz
> Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 07:17:13 +1300
> To: ian.walls at bywatersolutions.com
> CC: koha at lists.katipo.co.nz
> Subject: Re: [Koha] What kind of IT skills required...?
> 2011/9/27 Ian Walls <ian.walls at bywatersolutions.com>:
> > Sonia,
> > To host your own server, you'll need some level of comfort with Linux
> > command line operations. I recommend a Debian Squeeze server. You can
> > either purchase a new physical machine, or create a virtual server on an
> > existing machine or in the cloud. You can quickly fire up a server in the
> > cloud using services like Amazon Web Computing, Rackspace or Linode. This
> > saves you from having to install an operating system on a piece of physical
> > or virtual hardware.
> > Once you've got the server up and running, you'll need to install Koha. You
> > can do so from the packages, from the git repository or from the
> > downloadable tarballs. Personally, I recommend the git installation, but my
> > understanding is that the packages are a little more user-friendly at the
> > installation phase. Are you going to be developing on Koha at all? If so,
> > then a git installation is definitely the way to go, so you can track your
> > local changes, and format them in a way to submit back to Koha!
> > In addition to installing Koha itself, you'll need to install it's
> > dependencies. That includes MySQL (with which you said you were familiar),
> > Zebra and Apache (Perl is almost always installed by default). The
> > installation instructions for Koha will walk you through those steps.
> > Further, if you want your Koha install to be able to send email notices,
> > you'll want to install and configure an MTA (Message Transfer Agent). I
> > recommend Postfix, but exim4 also works. The default SendMail also works,
> > but I've found it a bit less flexible and thus a little more frustrating.
> > You'll also need to be comfortable with the crontab, so you can set up
> > nightly jobs like fines, overdue notices, and backups. This is one part
> > syntax (knowing how to put an entry on crontab) and one part text editor
> > familiarity (vi or nano, typically).
> That's the major bonus with using the debian packages, they pull in
> all the dependencies for you, and set up the cron jobs for you also.
> I strongly recommend anyone running a production install of Koha uses
> the packages. Running out of version control is fine while you are
> developing, but the stability of the packages and ease of deployment
> and upgrade make them the natural choice for a production environment.
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