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Mckesson First to Offer Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform

McKesson has joined with Red Hat to introduce the Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform, a cost-effective open source information technology solution with services designed to meet the mission-critical demands of healthcare. “The Red Hat solution offers our customers a reliable, affordable platform for delivering safe, high-quality patient care using McKesson’s clinical applications,” said Michael J. Simpson, chief technology officer for McKesson Provider Technologies. “The introduction of a high-value, open platform designed specifically for the needs of healthcare IT represents a major step forward in encouraging the use of open source technologies instead of closed, proprietary technologies that are costly to acquire, maintain and scale.”

Denmark and Open Standards

Those who are following government initiatives to mandate the use of open standards and/or open source will be aware that Denmark is one of the countries that has been in the legislative forefront. Here's an update of what's new.

Mckesson Offers Healthcare Apps On Red Hat Linux

McKesson Corp. is selling its clinical applications for doctors' offices and hospitals based on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux operating system, offering what McKesson says is a less-expensive alternative to non-open source platforms.

HP pays for PolyServe while IBM and Dell watch

Longtime acquisition suspect PolyServe has been eaten by HP. HP today picked up the Oregon-based software maker for an undisclosed sum. Should the deal close as expected in the next months, PolyServe's products and staff will be tucked into HP's StorageWorks division. This acquisition builds on a long-term partnership between the two companies.

Instant GNU/Linux time machine

You never forget your first. Whether it's your first car, or your first significant other, or your first day of college, they say you never forget your first. That's not always true, of course, but I do remember my first: Softlanding Linux Systems, one of the earliest GNU/Linux distributions, and progenitor of the Slackware distribution. It came on a few dozen floppy images, and took forever to install. Jump into the Astonishing GNU/Linux Time Machine, and via the magic of qemu and iBiblio, you too can experience the earliest days of GNU/Linux. It'll only take an hour. I'll have you back by supper.

Linux humanoid robot on French TV

A Linux-powered humanoid robot has been interviewed on 8-Fi, a French television magazine devoted to new technology. The hour-long show features Aldebaran Robotics's Nao robot conversing with company president Bruno Maisonnier, followed by a panel discussion on the state of robotics by several French robotics experts.

A Wonderful Second FOSDEM Day

The second day of FOSDEM 2007 was as busy, if not more, as the first day. Many face-to-face interactions, of great benefit to cooperation between developers and projects, and time spend on hacking on and promoting KDE. The KDE developer room was well used, first by an Educational workshop, well led by Anne-Marie Mahfouf, followed by some more talks. Topics included Krita's present and future by Bart Coppens, a KDE 4 talk by Jos Poortvliet and a KDE e.V. talk by Sebastian Kügler. Read on for a report on day two.

DistroWatch Weekly: First look at VectorLinux 5.8 SOHO, Mandriva "substance"

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Feb 27, 2007 6:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 9th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! This week's issue starts with a first look at VectorLinux 5.8 SOHO, an enhanced edition of the Slackware-based distribution designed for small businesses and home users. The news section then covers a variety of topics, including a couple of recent "distro wars" between Ubuntu and its competitors, reasons for the longer than expected delay of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, an announcement about the upcoming Community edition of Puppy Linux, and a surprise merge between two Slackware-based projects. Information about the upcoming releases of SabayonLinux 3.3 and Pardus Linux 2007.1, followed by the usual list of new distributions, concludes this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Happy reading!

mozillaZine Folding@Home Team Completes 20 million Points

Folding@Home is a project at Stanford University, based on the distributed computing model. When installed, it runs in the background, using idle CPU cycles to compute protein folding. The project aims to find cure for diseases related to mis-folding of proteins.

Implement a relaxed immutability model in Java

This article shows an efficient way to implement a slightly more relaxed model of immutability, using normal cached fields whose values can still be accessed safely without synchronization.

Open Source at Carnegie Mellon

Carnegie Mellon West has just launched a "Software Management" Masters degree that integrates open source technology throughout the program and includes a more detailed "Introduction to Open Source" elective.

Techcrunch, Others Love Linux, MySQL

They managed to get seven noteworthy websites to agree to share some details about their infrastructure. None of them seemed willing to part with an administrator password, oddly enough.

Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone and SDK Review

  • Linuxlookup.com (Posted by linuxlookup on Feb 27, 2007 3:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:
The Greenphone comes at a time when there are countless mobile Linux platforms, but not many of them are open for easy development. This little device aims to fill a niche for a community-oriented mobile development platform. How does it perform? Linuxlookup.com reviews the Trolltech Qtopia Greenphone and SDK.

Mirth

Mirth is shaping up as an 'Open Source HL7 Integration Engine'. After recently downloading the product I was extremely pleased to successfully read an HL7 message from disk, manipulate it and send the output XML to a file. I then repeated the process inserting selected fields into a database table.

Krugle offers code search engine for open source, with open source

With the rise in popularity of open source software, developers don't need to start from scratch when coding new software. Instead, they can use specialized search engines that crawl repositories to find the perfect code snippet. Now, one entrepreneurial open source developer has built a business that expands on the basic code search engine, and in true hacker recursive style, finds his company relying on the very tool it exists to create.

Blogbridge, Simply the Best RSS

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Feb 27, 2007 1:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I’ve been asked by various people how I keep up to date with technology news, research, and the latest reports...mainly because I’m never at a loss for words when discussing something (big mouth much?). Of course, many people haven’t heard of RSS at all and don’t know that one can have a program to read multiple sites in a short amount of time. So, I searched for something that was better than those I had used: Pluck, Sage, Owl, Sharpreader, Wiz. I found it. And to my delight, it’s a cross-platform, GPL Licensed, Feed-synchronizing one that delivers unparalleled functionality and options. There’s nothing like it on the planet. If your interest is peaked, you’re in for a real treat.

Dell takes small steps toward Linux

Dell has acknowledged that 83,000 users have urged it to sell PCs with Linux pre-installed, but it has fallen short of accepting their suggestion.

New KDE 4 preview shows progress

  • Linux.com; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 27, 2007 12:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
On Friday, the KDE Project released the third in a series of development previews for the upcoming KDE 4.0 release. Dubbed "Kludge," the 3.80.3 release includes the Sonnet language library, the new Dolphin file manager, and the Solid hardware library.

IBM will send you a DVD boatload of Linux applications

IBM will send you a DVD packed full of its Linux applications at no cost.

Ubuntu Wants a Bigger Piece of Desktops, Servers

The 2007 road map for the Ubuntu Linux operating system includes continuing its focus on the desktop, paying more attention to the server and garnering additional corporate support. Speaking at Ubuntu user conference UbuCon here at Google's New York complex on Feb. 16, Steve George, director of support and services at Canonical, said, "The view from the Ubuntu side is that Microsoft has too much of the market. We're going to continue rolling out and making Ubuntu easy to use on the desktop and we'll add increased focus on the server this year." Canonical is the sponsor of the Ubuntu project and maintainer of the Ubuntu Linux distribution.

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