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[News] More Government-level Functions Become Free Software or Free Software-centred

  • Subject: [News] More Government-level Functions Become Free Software or Free Software-centred
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 May 2010 18:08:15 +0100
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VistA Modernization Report Features Open Source

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| A Veterans Affairs requested VistA 
| Modernization Report is now available. The 
| good news: it prominently features and 
| recommends open source and discusses the 
| prospect of VA VistA as a national 
| standard.
| [...]
| Among the reports issues, it calls the GNU 
| General Public License 'restrictive'. 
| Restrictive of what? Restrictive of the 
| ability of proprietary vendors to establish 
| and maintain vendor lock-in at the great 
| expense of taxpayers and patients? The 
| report at times treats open source and 
| proprietary EHR software as equals instead 
| of proprietary EHR software as a 
| destructive invasive species. The report 
| probably understates the number of private 
| sector VistA deployments as measured by the 
| 2008 AMIA Open Source White Paper. Finally, 
| it makes the common error of subdividing 
| open source vs commercial when open source 
| is certainly commercial. They probably mean 
| open source vs. proprietary.


Open source is NASA's next frontier

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| The challenges to government's adoption and 
| participation in open-source communities is 
| often thought to be a simple culture clash, 
| but in reality it goes deeper than that, 
| according to NASA's newly-appointed chief 
| technology officer.
| âThe issues that we need to tackle are not 
| only cuture, but beyond culture,â said 
| Chris Kemp, formerly chief information 
| officer at NASA's Ames Research Center in 
| Moffett Field, Calif. âAnd I think we need 
| new policy and support from the 
| administration and Congress to help us 
| tackle" them.
| [...]
| And open source is a key element of Kemp's 
| strategy. âWe're actually creating a new 
| Open Source Office under our Open 
| Government Initiative under the Chief 
| Technology Officer's office,â he said.  
| âWe're really taking this seriously, and 
| we've never had this sort of visibility and 
| interest from headquarters before.â


EU Parliament calls for internet rights charter

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| The Parliament has adopted a new digital 
| strategy called 2015.eu which outlines its 
| ambitions for internet policy for the next 
| five years and beyond. It has passed a 
| resolution adopting the plan and demanding 
| that the European Commission make it work.


Promoting Open Source Communities in Panama

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| Universidad Interamericana de Panamà on 
| March 25, 2010 was the scenario for an 
| opensource and Linux party. Several Linux 
| Distros like Ubuntu, CAELinux, Fedora, 
| Gentoo, Debian, openSUSE and organizations 
| like CIDETYS and business like ELCONIX did 
| make presence and their users and members 
| gave a Talk for students, academics, users 
| and professionals.

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