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Koha Open Source Community Regrets Failure of PTFS, Inc. to Comply with Community Guidelines

January 29, 2009-- The creators and developers of Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System (ILS), today expressed regret that PTFS, Inc has chosen not to follow the Koha ILS free and open source software community guidelines as stated on

"PTFS' request to be listed on the Pay for Support page of the Koha community's web site ( has been declined due to the failure of PTFS to meet the project guidelines followed by those who are listed," said project founder Rachel Hamilton-Williams of Katipo Communications.

For instance, PTFS is currently operating a web site that uses 'Koha' in its domain name contrary to community guidelines published on the web site. "I clarified the community guidelines with PTFS over two months ago (on behalf of the Koha Project) and encouraged them to comply, so we're very disappointed there has been no movement on them to date," she said.

The guidelines in question pertain to the usage of the word 'Koha' in a company name, DBA , or domain name. Listed companies are welcome to use the word 'Koha' in a tag line and as part of other statements (in product names, for example). Community guidelines also state that the official Koha logos should not be used as a company logo, or as the favicon on a corporate website. PTFS is currently using the logo as a favicon.

Hamilton-Williams explained: "Use of 'Koha' in company or domain names implies that one company is the 'official' support provider for the project or formally affiliated with the project in some way. We have many companies worldwide actively involved in the Koha Project, but none are 'the' official providers of support. There is general respect for these guidelines from companies actively contributing to the project."

"PTFS has yet to participate in the community or submit a single piece of code or patch to the Project. They have not contributed to or supported the project at all," said Chris Cormack, original author of the Koha version 1.0, and current Translation Manager for the Project.

At this time, PTFS, Inc is not associated with the official Koha Project or the website in any way.

The Koha project is sustained by the tireless efforts of companies, libraries and individuals around the world who contribute code, documentation and advice. "We welcome to the community new participants
who agree to abide by the community guidelines and who get involved in the collaborative development of the Project," said Joshua Ferraro, CEO of Liblime.

The Koha Project contributors supporting this statement (listed below) urge PTFS to:

  • immediately cease use of the word 'Koha' in any domain name of the company;
  • immediately cease use of the Koha logo as a web site favicon;
  • become involved in the Koha community (in the ways described on

"Respect for the community guidelines helps the open source model of the project to be sustained, with benefits for all participants," Rachel Hamilton-Williams said.


  • Rachel Hamilton-Williams, Kaitiaki, Katipo Communications Ltd
  • Rosalie Blake Head of Libraries, Horowhenua Library Trust
  • Irma Birchall, Director, Calyx Group Pty Limited (Australia)
  • Paul Poulain, BibLibre, CEO. Release Manager of Koha 2.x
  • Henri-Damien LAURENT, BibLibre, CTO, Release Maintainer 3.0
  • Galen Charlton, Koha 3.2 Release Manager; VP Research & Development, LibLime
  • Joshua Ferraro, CEO, LibLime; Koha 3.0 Release Manager
  • Chris Cormack, Release manager 1.2, Current Translation Manager
  • MJ Ray, Member of Turo Technology LLP, Release Maintainer 2.0

About Koha

Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. Koha has lived up to its name, which means 'Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand.

To learn more about the Koha project, visit:

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