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Should your firm be FLOSSing?

  • globeandmail.com (Posted by beirwin on Sep 15, 2007 9:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) had no problem going against the grain when it decided to forgo the widely used Microsoft Office suite of business applications. Instead, it chose to replace its aging WordPerfect installations with OpenOffice.org – for free.

[Some mistakes in FUD, but essentially a good news story - Barbara]

Texas Doc Brews Up funding for Houston RHIO

Modern Healthcare's Joseph Conn has aninterview about the Harris County Health Information (HCHIC) in Houston putting on aninaugural fundraiser at St. Arnold's Brewery for a city-wide EHR:'After hearing a talk by Stephen Foreman, a Robert Morris associate professor of healthcare administration and economics, Valdes said he gained the"intellectual firepower to do this now.""He gave this chat on why (proprietary) electronic medical software is not going to work and probably never will," Valdes recalled."It's a public good and not a private good. People are going at this like it is a piece of furniture when it is really like a lighthouse. What he said was, according to economic theory and practice, you need to treat it like a public good, and free and open source shifts it toward a public good."

ClearHealth 2.0 final released

From theClearHealth forum the announcement has just been made,ClearHealth 2.0 final has been released.. It looks like there will be more information about new features coming in the next week. Congratulations to theClearHealth team!

Discussing the x86 Merge

Sam Ravnborg took a look at the x86 unification patches and commented, "from the mails and discussions I expected it be be obvious what was i386 only, what was shared and what was x86_64 only." He listed 16 files in x86/pci and noted, "in the filename there is NOTHING for most of the non-shared code that tell that this file is used by only i386 or x86_64." Andi Kleen concurred, "exactly my point from KS. The big mash-up will not really make much difference in terms of Makefile clarity or whatever Thomas' point was. Apparently he wanted to eliminate a few lines of code from the Makefile and merge the header files completely?"

Open-Source Developers Talk About AMD

AMD started delivering on their word of providing GPU specifications to the open-source community without a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and now with the 2007 X Developer Summit having come to a close, we asked several key members of the X.Org community on how they judge AMD's recent move. They were also asked if they believe NVIDIA will follow suit in helping the open-source community. Those that responded were David Airlie, Daniel Stone, Jerome Glisse, Stephane Marchesin, and Oliver McFadden. Mark Shuttleworth had also previously commented on AMD's efforts.

Cross-Distro Collaboration

Lucas Nussbaum suggests that Linux distributions should have a place to collaborate more effectively than just with upstream projects: I am both a Debian and an Ubuntu developer, and I’m sometimes amazed that Ubuntu discusses technical choices that were discussed (and solved) a few weeks earlier in Debian. And it’s even worse with the other big distros out there. Couldn’t we try to improve this ?

PC World Linux laptop warranty saga gets even more bizarre

Just when you thought the tale of the man whose laptop hardware warranty was invalidated after he installed Linux could not get any stranger, it goes and gets a lot stranger.

On GPG and data retention

  • wolfgang.lonien.de; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Sep 15, 2007 2:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Peter Enseleit wrote a summary about using GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) on Linux.com. He mentions several tools for the Gnome and KDE desktops, as well as plugins for free and proprietary operating systems. And I explain - again - why this is important.

This week at LWN: Relicensing: what's legal and what's right

The ath5k driver has been through more than the usual amount of legal trouble. This driver, for Atheros wireless chipsets, was originally reverse engineered and developed in the BSD community. It was reputed by some to have been improperly copied from proprietary Atheros code, requiring two different studies by the Software Freedom Legal Center before Linux developers were willing to believe that it was safe to use. This driver should be the cause of great joy - it will make it possible for vast numbers of laptop owners to run Linux with free drivers for the first time. But, first, there would appear to be one more set of legal hassles to overcome.

Visually Assemble Web Apps with WebRB-PE

This technology is a browser-based visual editor and run-time environment that enables developers to visually assemble Web applications without adding any imperative code. IBM Web Relational Blocks Software, Personal Edition (WebRB-PE) is a downloadable version of alphaWorks service, Web Relational Blocks.

Linux Reality -- and many more podcasts

I haven't actually had the time to listen to one of the 77 -- SEVENTY-SEVEN!!!! -- podcasts on Linux at the Linux Reality Web site, but I'm going to soon. They seem to be aimed at the new Linux user, and they cover everything from what an ISO is and how to burn one, to browsers, desktop environments, various distributions, the shell ... And there are more Linux podcasts: The Linux Links Tech Show, Lotta Linux Links, Open News and LQ Radio.

OpenEMR HQ Launches Service

OpenEMR HQ, a consultancy and integration firm focused on the popularOpenEMR medical records software package, has officially began offering service. The company, based near Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers a full range of products and services including installation, customization, and hosting and is primarily focused on small to mid-sized medical offices and clinics. According to company spokesmanMark Jennings, OpenEMR HQ is working on several extensions to the software that will better integrate it into busy medical offices and will streamline the way staff interacts with both clinicians and patients. Major changes should start appearing in the product by the end of the year and the modifications will be contributed back to the general OpenEMR community according to Jennings.

Even the Obvious Should Be Obvious to the Oblivious

And Microsoft has decided its perfectly fine to crowbar their way into your computer. They will promptly advise you to direct any comments or complaints to the "Kiss My Filthy-Rich Butt" department. You should have read the EULA...it's not like you weren't warned.

SCO goes belly-up

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 15, 2007 8:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
Years after it was first predicted, The SCO Group, a Unix and mobile software distributor better known for its Linux litigation, has filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Walt Mossberg on Ubuntu

Found it on All About Ubuntu: long-term Wall Street Journal writer Walt Mossberg tried Ubuntu from a newcomer’s point of view. I have commented on both of them.

Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Linux Review

Earlier this week David Lin reviewed the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3S and on the review bench today we have the GA-P31-DS3L from Gigabyte. This P31 motherboard supports Intel's Core 2 45nm processors, DDR2-1066 memory, all-solid capacitors, and many of the other innovations found on the GA-P35-DS3S. Nevertheless, is the GA-P31-DS3L that currently sells for about $75 USD able to perform well under Linux like the GA-P35-DS3S?

Apple Cuts Off Linux iPod Users

So, it's finally happened. Unhappy with other media players being better than iTunes, Apple have apparently decided to stop them from working with the new range of iPods. There's no iTunes for Linux, so popular Linux iPod management tools like gtkpod and Rhythmbox will not work with the new range of iPods. The iPod keeps track of the songs and playlists in your iPod with a database file. At the very start of the database, a couple of what appear to be SHA1 hashes have been inserted which appear to lock the iTunes database to one particular iPod and prevent any modification of the database file.

Wine 0.9.45 release announcement

This is release 0.9.45 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. What's new in this release:

* Many improvements to the crypto dlls (should make iTunes work).

* The usual assortment of Direct3D improvements.

* A number of fixes to sound support.

* Many more WordPad features.

* Lots of bug fixes.

Tiny module targets mobile, embedded apps

Embedian has started shipping a tiny embedded processor module available with Linux and a development board with LCD. Roughly half the size of a credit card, the COM-7211 is based on an ARM9 processor, and targets industrial automation, portable devices, POS, transportation, medical, and defense applications. The COM-7211 is shipping now, preinstalled with a Debian ARM filesystem and Linux 2.6.18.1 kernel.

Awn: How'd you like me now!

So in my tradition of one post per month (which, I know, needs to change), I present you with some updates from the world of Awn. There have been lots of cool applets popping up, especially since the python bindings were committed a week or so ago. The move to launchpad has also created some very cool branches of Awn by other people which focus on new ideas, or new ways to implement existing ones.

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