The Veterans Health Administration hospitals were among the first in the United States to embrace IT-assisted health care in a major way. So it was a much anticipated moment when last week the OpenVista system, a private adaptation of the VA's system, was released as open source code on the SourceForge site. Its commercial backer, Medsphere, made the move after revising the code to run on Linux and adding features a commercial hospital needs, such as providing cost-of-care information to insurers.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) sent five proposals to Sun Microsystems, HP, and Dell in January that would aid in the spread of free operating systems.
"We see Microsoft Vista as being a failure," said Peter Brown, FSF executive director, in an interview Friday. "People aren't buying new hardware because of Vista."
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By all appearances, the migration from Microsoft Windows to Novell SUSE Linux on the server and the desktop at the Windsor Unified School District in Northern California has been almost as pain-free as any IT professional could hope for.
By this summer, all 5,000 students and 250 teachers will be working off of a Linux-based thin client running OpenOffice.org, and the majority of the district's servers will be running Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
A new version of Songbird, the free, cross-platform audio player (and much more) based on Mozilla. Songbird 0.2.5 Developer Preview brings a host of new features and a healthy dallop of bugfixes and is available now for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
You've got to hand it to SCO CEO Darl McBride, he sticks to his guns.
On SCO's Q1 2007 earning conference call late Thursday afternoon, McBride outlined his company's performance and told listeners that he believes that SCO stock is undervalued. McBride also levied some fighting words against those that SCO is litigating against, saying that, "it's time to get it on!"
The market for open source support services is going to boom over the next five years, according to a recent Gartner survey. The study of organizations in geographies around the world – including Canada and the U.S. – predict that spending in this country will likely see a compound annual growth rate of 16.1 per cent between 2006 and 2010. That's marginally below the expectation in the U.S. and almost three per cent more than the global average.
Mindquarry offers the first Open Source alternative to Microsoft's Sharepoint Server or IBM's Lotus Connections. The free download is available at mindquarry.com. Mindquarry eases especially teams in small and mid-sized companies, freelancers or home workers to use distributed workplaces in an efficient way. It streamlines knowledge and file exchange and the management for teams and tasks.