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Can open source save the doctor-patient relationship?

Over at my health care blog, I’m asking whether open source is the cure for what ails health care IT. It’s not my question. It’s really the question of Bruce L. Wilder, a 66-year old doctor, lawyer, and music lover who says the real issue here is control of the doctor-patient relationship. Wilder’s article was sent me by Fred Trotter, a consultant on open source health care software who has contributed code to leading projects in the space. Wilder, writing in Advance for Health Information Executives, notes that current Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems can cost $44,000 to install, and $8,500/year to maintain, per doctor. But his argument for open source goes beyond cost.

Monolithic OS upgrades are so over

The days of the monolithic upgrade are over. Five years, $6bn later and what do the ingrates do? Ask for a downgrade to Windows XP. Even Newham Council, which over the past couple of years veered from Linux pilot poster child to Vista case study as one of Microsoft's five key public sector accounts in the UK, has now delayed the upgrade of 1,500 desktops by 12 months. The council is now in the bizarre situation of facing a deployment of 1,500 CP desktops next spring, which will be over a year since Vista's launch. These desktops will then be upgraded to Vista sometime at the end of 2008.

Computer Take Back Campaign places recycling responsibility on manufacturers

What would happen if manufacturers were responsible for the disposal of their used-up products? The Computer Take Back Campaign (CTBC), a coalition of environmental groups across the United States, hopes that the result would be both a national recycling network and the removal of hazardous materials like lead, mercury, and brominated flame retardants from products so that companies would not have to worry about them later. The CTBC has been promoting this idea with limited success since 2002, but this year it finally seems on the brink of acceptance.

How worried should Microsoft be about open source?

Very worried. It may well be true, as Paula details today, that desktop Linux is going nowhere fast in the U.S. Microsoft’s willingness to let users back-off upgrades and stick with XP may have stopped the potential rot in its market share. But it is taking enormous effort for Microsoft to hold its server market share against Linux’ inroads in the enterprise. Another important point. The U.S. is not the world, and Microsoft sells more than just Windows.

Latest OS Version a Free Masterpiece?

  • Earthweb; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Sep 26, 2007 8:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
A free Unix-like OS need not be feared as something that isn't accessible or usable on a desktop. At least that's the hope with the latest release of PC-BSD version 1.4. The release includes a long list of fixes and improvements, with a focus on making the desktop BSD OS easier to set up and use. The official codename for the release is da Vinci, but that doesn't necessarily mean the release is a masterpiece.

Red Hat Does Well, But Why Does It Suddently Need Licensing?

It is already quite well established that Novell failed to stop Red Hat’s momentum after it had signed deal with Microsoft. The figures which Red Hat included in last night’s report left little room for doubt. They were very encouraging. It is still curious to find, however, that Red Hat’s desktop endeavors are facing a barrier which is due to Microsoft licensing (for codecs). This was mentioned about a month ago and it was once again mentioned in the press yesterday.

The inevitability of free software

Is software a product or a utility? Free software proponents say it's as critical to economic progress as fresh drinking water. It isn't hard to get Eben Moglen talking. We were eight minutes into our conversation before I got to ask my second question. But that really didn't matter, because Moglen was describing the future of software, and his perspective is fascinating.

Firefox addon makes web development easy

Taking some tentative steps into the world of web development, James Archibald discovers the sleek power and functionality of the Web Developer extension for Firefox. Although aimed at 'real' web developers, the extension proves to be handy for the novice too.

Miro (Democracy Player) for Linux Reviewed

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 26, 2007 5:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I have watched Miro (formally known as Democracy Player) grow and mature over the last few years, and I have to admit, it's become quite the addition to my Linux desktop. But how are the users reacting to the name change, and are they offering the content that users are into? Today, we will examine this and explore how Miro could go even further.

Red Hat sees another delay in PC Linux software

Software maker Red Hat Inc., which had planned to introduce a new version of its Linux software for personal computers in August, said on Tuesday that the product won't be out until next month at the earliest.

Windows Media Player 9 & 10 on Linux with Wine

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Sep 26, 2007 4:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I'm aware there are many open source multimedia tools that will play most audio and video formats on Linux these days but many people have come to like Windows Media player over the years. And while Xine and Mplayer will play most .WMV .WMA files, both of these players use Windows codecs that are copied into your /usr/lib/win32 directory. So if your currently happy using the closed source Windows Media codecs why not use the player as well.

Fedora virtualization via Xen

Xen is a powerful new virtualization system that enables you to run multiple operating systems on one computer. Here's how you can install it on your Fedora machine, and how to get it configured to best suit your environment. This article is excerpted from the book Fedora 7 Unleashed by Andrew Hudson and Paul Hudson, SAMS Publishing, August 2007.

Artists: Drop OS X, Give Linux a Try

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 26, 2007 2:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Can artists get away with using a PC over a Mac? When considering the fact that many art students are likely to be working inside of Mac labs at their respective schools, it does tend to make sense to follow the flow of things and use a Mac at home as well.

Remembering September

In early August I stated in this blog that after the OOXML JTC1 ballot closed on September 2, the sun would rise, the birds would sing, and so on. As we are now at the end of the month and about to move into October, I can state that those things all happened. Indeed, from my perspective, September was a very good month, maybe a historic month, for open standards and open source.

Install VNC on Solaris DomU at CentOS 5 or Debian Etch Dom0 (64 bit)

This posting follows up “Install Xen 3.1 Solaris domU (64 bit) at CentOS 5 dom0 (64 bit)” at and gives step by step instruction how to set up VNC on OpenSolaris DomU. In general , everything seems to be already told in OpenSolaris documents.However, I believe that detailed instructions won't be useless at mean time.

phpGroupware Admin: Controlling Access and Setting Preferences

Don Parris discusses how to change user Access and Preferences settings in phpGroupware.

Ubuntu Disappoints, Breaks Promises With Rapid Growth

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 26, 2007 12:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
It's been a wild ride, but I have definitely not regretted my choice to make Ubuntu a major part of my life. As a full-time user, I have been charged by Windows and Linux user alike for not following their own lemming-like mindsets.

Automated user management with Expect

At the large school in Mexico where I'm employed as a system manager, I proposed (and got) a Linux server to replace an old Windows 2000 file server and domain controller for the alumni. I then was faced with the task of adding 3,000 users to this new CentOS 5 server. I wasn't about to add thousands of users and their passwords one by one to the new Samba primary domain controller (PDC) system. With a little help from Calc, a utility called Expect, and shell scripts, I automated the process.

Translation, licensing delay new Red Hat

Linux software maker Red Hat yesterday announced that the latest version of its operating system would be delayed for another 30 to 60 days. The latest version of Red Hat was originally expected in August.

How to move your /home directory to its own partition

If for any reason you need to move your /home directory to its own partition, here you will find how to do it, this will be useful in a lot of situation, because, you run out of disk space, or because you need to reinstall your system, or because you need to have a dual boot system with two Linux distros, sharing the same home directory

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