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GNU, GPL, Open Source InfoWorld reports on the fight over open source 'leeches' -- companies that use open source technology but don't give back to the open source community. While some view such organizations as a tragedy of the commons, others view the notion of 'freeloaders' as a relic of open source's Wild West era, when coding was a higher calling and free software a religion.
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by Invincible Cow on Tue 2nd Jun 2009 18:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Pause..."
Invincible Cow
Member since:
2006-06-24

I guess that matters a lot when you're already dead.

Open source software has no notion of quality assurance (although the BSD community seems to be much better than the Linux/GPL community).

I wouldn't trust my nurses to be able to operate a medical device with a command line interface, no matter how much more "powerful" it may be to compared to a single push button labelled "SAVE LIFE".

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by bannor99 on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 01:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Pause..."
bannor99 Member since:
2005-09-15

Why would the interface be command line? Is it running DOS or Win 3.1?
Also, with 4 nurses in my family - over a century of combined experience, I can tell you that they aren't easily fazed.
All but the youngest learned nursing the old-fashioned way, where you volunteered for 1-2 years doing all the
menial work while learning the ropes from the senior sisters.

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by strcpy on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 02:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Pause..."
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Open source software has no notion of quality assurance (although the BSD community seems to be much better than the Linux/GPL community).


Yes. Lack of QA is indeed one of the biggest problems in FOSS, generally.

I wouldn't trust my nurses to be able to operate a medical device with a command line interface, no matter how much more "powerful" it may be to compared to a single push button labelled "SAVE LIFE".


However, open source is doing well as a core in the embedded world to which medical devices would also probably belong to. Of course this does not mean that open source community would in itself develop embedded devices. No one would trust software designed for a medical device that is hosted in "github" and developed in a "bazaar", but a trusted medical device could well run a open source kernel.

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by Moulinneuf on Fri 5th Jun 2009 12:13 in reply to "RE[4]: Pause..."
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes. Lack of QA is indeed one of the biggest problems in FOSS, generally.


Actually QA is not a problem at all in FOSS. That's why most security related device use it.

However, open source is doing well as a core in the embedded world to which medical devices would also probably belong to


Wow , something truthfull from you must be an accident.

Of course this does not mean that open source community would in itself develop embedded devices.


Right because the same company is split in two in your magical bullshit bubble world ...

No one would trust software designed for a medical device that is hosted in "github" and developed in a "bazaar"


That's how most things are created , not exact same name but similar methods , except for "bazaar" ...

but a trusted medical device could well run a open source kernel.


They all do , that's who created the device in the first place.

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by Moulinneuf on Fri 5th Jun 2009 12:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Pause..."
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

I guess that matters a lot when you're already dead


It's called murder in case you don't know , allowing a known glitch into a medical device that killed someone to go unfixed , even do you knew it existed.

Open source software has no notion of quality assurance


That's why Military , medical , space exploration all use it.

(although the BSD community seems to be much better than the Linux/GPL community).


Must be why nobody use it , as is , these days even do it's a 70's technology.

I wouldn't trust my nurses to be able to operate a medical device with a command line interface


You do know that nurse , receive training befoire hand and are trained to use no device at all to save you ...

no matter how much more "powerful" it may be to compared to a single push button labelled "SAVE LIFE".


Please do show me a real medical device with such a label ...

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