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[News] Freedom as Defined by GNU Impacts Disease Treatment, Other Areas (Data, Hardware)

  • Subject: [News] Freedom as Defined by GNU Impacts Disease Treatment, Other Areas (Data, Hardware)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:42:33 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open source: the way forward in the search for new treatments for the infectious diseases of poverty? 

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| Probably the best known open-source 
| software is the Linux operating system but 
| this is only one example. The mountain of 
| software that open-source developers have 
| created is robust enough to be used by big 
| corporations and cutting-edge enough to 
| have become incorporated into the latest 
| mobile phones and laptops. But importantly, 
| it has saved on development costs. It has 
| been estimated that producing the open-
| source software we have today, using 
| traditional means, would cost $387 billion 
| and take 2.1 million people-years of 
| development. 


Applying Best Practices to Open Data

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| Some of that is already going on. In a 
| follow-up, Torkington links to a few posts 
| from the Open Knowledge Foundation, which 
| has come up with a Open Knowledge 
| Definition (OKD) taken from the Open Source 
| Initiative's Open Source Definition. This 
| includes everything from content like 
| movies and books to government info, and 
| sets 11 criteria that a work has to meet to 
| be considered "open."


SXSW: Bug Labs Says Content Will Drive Open Source Hardware

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| Thatâs the viewpoint of Peter Semmelhack, 
| founder and CEO of Bug Labs, whose modular, 
| open source hardware company aims to fix 
| that shortcoming by making it easier for 
| people and companies to create their own 
| electronics products using a Linux 
| processor module, a camera module, a 
| touchscreen LCD module and so on.



6 of the Best Free Linux Electronic Medical Records Software

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| In developed countries, healthcare workers
| represent a significant proportion of the
| working population. For example, in the
| United Kingdom, more than 1 million people
| work for the National Health Service, a
| publicly funded healthcare system. Medical
| software therefore has a huge market to
| tap. Whatever stage of a country's economic
| development, health care is one of the most
| important elements in society.

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