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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 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.
Often proprietary companies trot out their FUD that open source is somehow socialist, communist, as pink as its programmers' underwear. Here's the truth.
Need an "open source" company nowadays merely be "a company that will help you make the switch to open source in your company"?
Nat Torkington raised this week the very real question of whether the term "open source" is now completely meaningless, in the sense that its meaning has now been sucked out of it by companies that purport to be open source yet don't allow users to feely download, compile, and use the software in question. One example Torkington cites is SugarCRM, whose license he describes as "a questionably modified OSI-approved license.
Open-Xchange Inc., announced today that it has signed a partnership with 1&1 Internet, the world’s largest web hosting company, to provide hosted email and collaboration services based upon Open-Xchange's award-winning Smart Collaboration™ technology. This move is part of Open-Xchange's Software as a Service (SaaS) strategy to provide Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and web-hosting companies email and collaboration functionality to serve the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market space.
The Altair 8800, introduced in the early 1970s, was the first computer you could build at home from a kit. It was crude, didn't do much, but many historians would say that it launched the desktop computer revolution.
Hod Lipson, Cornell assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, thinks a little machine he calls a Fab@Home may have the same impact.
The National Open Centre (NOC) is launched today by John Hemming MP, in the Houses of Parliament.
The NOC will help the UK to benefit from open source and open standards by developing strategic analysis and policy, clarifying opportunities and fostering innovation.