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Fwd: Call for contributors
Fwd: Call for contributors
Thu, 23 Dec 2004 04:07:55 -0500
There is a new, award winning, open source, volume visualization
project which is currently in version 1.5 on PowerPC.
This is currently a Macintosh only application.
OsiriX is gaining enormous support in the radiology and volume
visualization communities throughout the globe.
The initial development funding was via grant from the Swiss
Government, to Dr. Antione Rossette. The development has been done
primarily at UCLA, to date.
There is extreme interest in porting this application to Linux. There
is no open source Windows or Linux application of any caliber, anywhere
near OsiriX. The speed and excellence of the development owes to using
the rapid application development tools that are at the core of both
Mac OS X and GnuStep. We believe that the GnuStep community is well
aware of this. We would like the rest of the world to know. Interested
developers are presenting with notable credentials from institutions
across the globe.
It quickly became apparent that GnuStep should allow a far simpler
Mac2Linux port, than any other environment. Does that seem to be the
concensus? We are interested in discovering any interest on the part of
GnuStep users and developers in participating in this project.
In addition to contributors, we are seeking help with further refining
the development path. Knowledgeable individuals with experience porting
Mac applications to Linux are encouraged to participate.
It is currently anticipated that a Power5/PowerPC initial version will
be the simplest to port, as most of the system calls to Altivec, of
which there are many, should work transparently. Any insight here would
Any information and assistance on any of these matters would be greatly
appreciated. Suggestions to ease the porting, such as the applicability
of Renaissance in this situation, would be of help. Any source of
information that anyone can suggest that would serve as a road map in
the process would be invaluable.
Any participation and assistance by non-PPC developers would be
desirable, particularly in finding the appropriate non-Power based
Linux corollaries to proprietary Aqua, Altivec, QuickTime and Quartz
system calls. Additionally, as we progress to an x86 based version as
opposed to a PPC version, information on differences in code
requirements will be critical.
Having developers with access to non-Apple, non-PPC hardware to port
this to, would also be of enormous benefit to our efforts; as the
purpose is to make the application universally available.
The source code is available at the website as a .dmg, but can be
provided in other versions. Please contact us if you are interested
Select downloads from the left hand menu and scroll to "Download the
complete source code of OsiriX : Source Code Page"
I also have a list of the links for all of the open source components
below, for those interested:
# VTK (Visualization Toolkit)
# ITK (Insight Toolkit)
# PixelMed (David Clunie)
# Papyrus 3.0 (Digital Imaging Unit)
# DICOM Offis
This project is also listed on SourceForge at
The Wiki can be found at
This is only a couple of weeks old, so please bear with us.
I have several questions to pose to this list, but I would like to be
sure that this is the best forum to do so.
Are there other message boards; which anyone feels are as, or more,
Thank You for your time.
Bryan L. Kaufman MD, MS
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