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[Gnumed-devel] My $0.02 worth on OSCAR McMaster

From: Michael Bonert
Subject: [Gnumed-devel] My $0.02 worth on OSCAR McMaster
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 13:58:22 -0500 (EST)

When I looked at it last (1-2 months ago ... I tried the on-line demo --
link from I couldn't help think
they made one good decision: they chose the GPL... whereas I now wonder if
they aren't violating it in spirit (based on what sjtan wrote).  I think
it is great that the project is happening... and in my backyard.  However,
I think they choose the wrong back-end database and didn't do a good job
on the GUI; I couldn't believe the number of pop-ups they use.

Interesting is they got funding from my provincial government... which
actually is quite pro-business and IMHO not very forward thinking. -- stjan: take a look... 
it says "a rural practice in South Australia" is already using
it.  To everyone else: Is this someone in our group?

Tangentially related to this is a reference to free software in the
Canadian Medical Association Journal -- CMAJ
... this is useful if you want to lobby some government about free
software... it also mentions OSCAR McMaster (though not by name).

The following has a little background on Dr. Chan... if you're curious:
(He is an electrical engineer that at some point decided to go into

I think OSCARMcMaster is useful in two ways:
(1) It shows other governments some countries are funding free software
projects... perhaps could be used to encourage the German or Australian
government to help us out. :)

(2) Should inspire us to work harder... to get the code out there.  (I
think gnumed made the better technical choices and would cast a big shadow
over OSCARMcMaster if it were further along.)


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