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10 Steps To Overcome Your Fear Of Using Open Source Software

Shahid Shah | Med Device Online | October 8, 2014

The entire Internet runs on open source software (OSS) and, if we used it more in medical devices, it would lead to reduced costs and increase the quality of devices. If you ask some regulatory affairs folks in medical device companies, they think OSS is too “dangerous” for use in safety critical systems...

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2015: Open Source Has Won, But It Isn't Finished

Glyn Moody | Open Enterprise | January 1, 2015

At the beginning of a new year, it's traditional to look back over the last 12 months. But as far as this column is concerned, it's easy to summarise what happened then: open source has won...

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3 Open Source Alternatives to MATLAB

For many students in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, economics, and other fields with a heavy numeric component, MATLAB is their first introduction to programming or scientific computing in general. It can be a good tool for learning, although in my experience many of the things that students and researchers alike use MATLAB for are not particularly demanding calculations that easily could be conducted with any number of basic scripting tools, with or without statistical or math-oriented packages. However, it does have a near ubiquity in many academic settings, bringing with it a large community of users familiar with the the language, plugins, and capabilities in general...

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3 Open Source Alternatives to MATLAB

For many students in mathematics, physical sciences, engineering, economics, and other fields with a heavy numeric component, MATLAB is their first introduction to programming or scientific computing in general. It can be a good tool for learning, although (in my experience) many of the things that students and researchers use MATLAB for are not particularly demanding calculations; rather they could easily be conducted with any number of basic scripting tools, with or without statistical or math-oriented packages. However, it does have a near ubiquity in many academic settings, bringing with it a large community of users familiar with the language, plugins, and capabilities in general...

5 Myths Busted: Using Open Source in Higher Education

Have you ever heard someone say, "It's impossible to do X with Linux"? Me too. This is the story of how I busted the myths about open source in my own head and used Linux to finish my PhD in fine arts. Many people think non-technical students can't use Linux, and they make a lot of assumptions about people who use it in their advanced degree programs. They scoff and reply with something along the lines of, "Well, of course; those people do 'computer stuff,' but in my [lofty, important, unique area] it's just not possible." Well, it is possible, and I'm proof...

7 Myths About Open Sourcing Your Company's Software - The Real Story

Many companies benefit from open source, and countless companies have opted to open source components of their infrastructure (or even their bread and butter) in an effort to give back. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about what happens when you open up your business' code and workflows to the public, and as companies delve into how to apply open principles within their organization, it's easy to get lost in the weeds. Here are some common misconceptions about what happens when you open source your code...

A Year Of The Linux Desktop

Stuart Jarvis | KDE.org | July 4, 2013

Around a year ago, a school in the southeast of England, Westcliff High School for Girls Academy (WHSG), began switching its student-facing computers to Linux, with KDE providing the desktop software. The school's Network Manager, Malcolm Moore, contacted us at the time. Now, a year on, he got in touch again to let us know how he and the students find life in a world without Windows. [...] Read More »

At Microsoft’s Build Conference, Some See New Openness To Open Source And Cross Platform

Janet I. Tu | The Seattle Times | April 4, 2014

An atmosphere of openness and cooperation seemed to run through presentations at the annual Microsoft developers conference, something observers attributed to the company’s new CEO.

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Auriga Releases Open-Source HL7 Library

Press Release | Auriga | January 12, 2017

The amount of patient data generated by various medical devices, wearables, and healthcare apps grows every day. However, hospitals can make use of all this information only in case when their devices and software systems communicate via a common protocol. One of such protocols that allow healthcare apps to securely exchange sensitive patient clinical data with each other is Health Level 7 (HL7), – a globally accepted, widely accredited, and one of the most commonly used set of interoperability standards in the world...

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Bacula4Hosts Launches Commercial, Open Source Disk Based Backup and Recovery Solution Geared Towards Web Hosting Service Providers and ISP's

Press Release | Bacula4Hosts | July 2, 2012

Requiring advanced modules only available in the Bacula Enterprise Edition by Bacula Systems, Bacula4Hosts negotiated a licensing agreement with Bacula Systems to provide the advanced Enterprise modules required by Web Hosting Service providers. Read More »

Confessions of a Cross-Platform Developer

Andreia Gaita is giving a talk at this year's OSCON, titled Confessions of a cross-platform developer. She's a long-time open source and Mono contributor, and develops primarily in C#/C++. Andreia works at GitHub, where she's focused on building the GitHub Extension manager for Visual Studio. I caught up with Andreia ahead of her talk to ask about cross-platform development and what she's learned in her 16 years as a cross-platform developer...

Could An Android Desktop Replace Your Windows PC?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | January 6, 2014

HP and Lenovo are betting that Android PCs can convert both office and home Windows PC users to Android. Read More »

Easing Linux Into The Enterprise

Jack M. Germain | LinuxInsider | May 22, 2014

Applications are still driving the choice of desktop, but that no longer gives Microsoft's OS a clear edge. The ability now to replace nearly every application with a Web app theoretically makes Windows or any other platform's software portable to the Linux desktop, noted Rick Sizemore, director of technology transformation practice at Alsbridge...

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FDA Guidance On Medical Device Cybersecurity: Too Little Too Late?

Chris Petersen | Forbes | October 3, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken an important step forward in better protecting patients and their data with the release of new guidelines on managing cybersecurity risks of medical devices this week. Despite being a step in the right direction, it unfortunately comes late...

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Firefox Beta Brings New 'Home' Design To Android, Desktop Version Gains Firefox OS App Manager

Edgar Alvarez | Engadget | October 31, 2013

Early adopters know that Firefox likes to put new features through the paces via beta versions of its browser. Accordingly, Firefox today announced some fresh goodies for both mobile and desktop... Read More »