New Libki Feature

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 08:45 Written by Kyle Wednesday, 18 February 2009 02:25

I’m still making alot of updates to Libki lately, the newest feature is a ‘Clients’ view. On the Clients page of the web administration, you can see all the machines running the Libki client, and whether or not someone is logged into the client. I imagine this will be far more useful than limiting the User’s view to only logged in users.

I will be rolling this version out in production at the Linesville Public Library, most likely tomorrow.

In addition, a reservations system will be coming soon. It is in the planning stages. If anyone has any suggestions for features, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Kyle

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Libki Updates

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 08:45 Written by Kyle Wednesday, 11 February 2009 09:43

Hey All,

I’ve been hard at work getting Libki into a form that is more suitable for the general public to use. First, I’ve moved the code from SourceForge’s subversion repo to GitHub, at least for now.

I’ve finished porting the code from using PostgreSQL to MySQL. In addition I’ve been working on the startup scripts that disable hotkeys that could be used to bypass LibKi on Windows clients. These scripts were made with AutoHotKey, a wonderful piece of FOSS that was designed for creating Windows shortcuts, but has grown so fast it’s possible to write complete graphical programs using only an AutoHotKey script. These scripts are located in the libki/client/src/windows directory, as they only function on Windows. There are four, each one is slightly different to better suit individual needs.

  • libki-keylock – Disables alt-tab, ctrl-alt-del, and many other commands that can be used to gain unauthorised access. With this version the key combo ctrl-alt-shift-L will pop up a password dialog that can disable the script. The password is contained in the file /etc/libki/keylock
  • libki-keylock-nopwd – The same script without the password unlock feature.
  • libki-keylock-startbutton – The same as libki-keylock, but this version also disables the start button, so only shortcuts on the desktop can be used to launch programs.
  • libki-keylock-startbutton-nopwd – The same as above, but without the password unlock feature.

For each of these scripts, there is an executable, and a corrosponding .ahk file which contains the original AutoHotKey script code in case someone would wish to modify the scripts further.

That’s all for now. More updates will be coming soon.

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More LibKi Updates!

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2009 10:00 Written by Kyle Wednesday, 9 April 2008 08:23

I just completed the work necessary to run the LibKi client on Windows! The instructions are here. We are already running the LibKi kiosk software on about 10 Ubuntu thin clients, with around 50 to 75 unique user’s logging in each day.

The system has worked very well, the few issues we have are connected to the fact that I have customized our particular LibKi installation to integrate with the Koha ILS. By doing this, we are able to have a single username and password for each patron, for both Koha and LibKi. Those issues have been resolved, and we have not had any problems since.

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