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[Gnumed-devel] Re: support options for medical practices using GNUmed

From: Andreas Tille
Subject: [Gnumed-devel] Re: support options for medical practices using GNUmed
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 22:07:35 +0200 (CEST)

On Thu, 23 Jun 2005, J Busser wrote:

One group was looking at getting GNUmed further developed, and to establish a company to provide local support.
The idea is not reall new:

Right now, they are "frozen", because commercial vendors have been able to destabilize the process, with warnings that the group's Executive would be "crazy" and other fear mongering.
I spend the last week to convince people that it is not really crazy:

But anyway in the discussion it was suggested to me that any of IBM, Unisys, Novell, Sierra Systems might be interested both in helping to support Canadian doctors using GNUmed with whatever other additional development would be required. Their interest would presumably be in proportion to the size of the potential market for their services.
I'm not really convinced that GnuMed support is done best by the "global

One question that I have is whether one of these companies -- supposing Novell -- prefers users to run their preferred distro -- like SuSE --- would we have to be concerned that they would seek to build into the code dependencies on a commercial version of "their" distro or am I worrying unnecessarily assuming we can require an unforked GNUmed to remain multi-os compatible (therefore it would have to be kept multi-distro compatible).
If I would be a business person (which I'm definitely not) I would base
my business on Debian-Med (once it is really fit for beasing a business
modell on it).  I would make sure to do support on a time base ans not
per case - with Debian you normally will not have "cases". ;-)
Sounds like stupid advertising but I'm just quoting people from small
IT companies who did general Linux distribution support and finally
switched them all to Debian.

Or do people think it would be better for a medical association or group to create a company to provide local support?
I would regards this as the better solution - but hey, I'm no business

The advantage would be control.

Kind regards


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