Merger mania in open source land headline blaring! PTFS announced they bought LibLime, and hours earlier we had learned that ByWater and BibLibre are partnering. That’s a major realignment of ILS support for Koha.
Here’s a happy, even classy, quote from ByWater:, “ByWater Solutions CEO, Brendan Gallagher says, “ByWater has worked with PTFS in the past and we look forward to collaborating with them again. ByWater is looking forward to future alliances between our two companies to achieve our common goal: widespread adoption of open source in libraries and supporting the open source standards of ‘releasing early releasing often.”
And a quote from the PTFS press release: “The acquisition establishes PTFS as the world’s largest company providing open-source ILS solutions for libraries. PTFS will hold a press conference at the LibLime’s ALA booth (2538) at 11:30 AM on Saturday January 16th.”
ALA will be very interesting as current customers try to understand what all this shake-up means to our future. Valerie Horton