Google Joins Samsung, Other Tech Titans, in Open Healthcare Race
Will the next revolution in healthcare be built on open source collaboration and principles? There are increasing signs that it will be, and that the old model of scientists and doctors pursuing breakthroughs behind closed doors might be broken.
Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro
The government of the autonomous region of Valencia (Spain) earlier this month made available the next version of Lliurex, a customisation of the Edubuntu Linux distribution. The distro is used on over 110,000 PCs in schools in the Valencia region, saving some 36 million euro over the past nine years, the government says.
The value of open source is the open development process
Scott Wilson agrees that open source matters because of open code, but just as important is the process in which the code is made. Open development of code is in the social nature of many programmers, hackers, documentors, and project managers. So, what is it about open development?
Netflix Keeps Open Sourcing its "Simian Army" of Useful Cloud Tools
Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix is one of the many companies that has been making extensive use of cloud services and tools for years, and we've reported on Netflix open sourcing a series of interesting "Monkey" cloud tools that it has deployed as satellite utilities orbiting its central cloud platform. It has released a new one of these, and all of them are worth taking note of.
The state of accessibility in Linux and open source software
Spencer Hunley is an autistic professional, former Vice Chair of the Kansas City Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, and current board member of the Autism Society of the Heartland & ASAN's Kansas City chapter. In August, Spencer will be giving a talk, Universal Tux: Accessibility For Our Future Selves, at LinuxCon in Chicago. He also gave a talk, Maximizing Accessibility: Engaging People with Disabilities In The Linux Community, at LinuxCon North America 2013.
The Centre for Open Software Innovation (COSI) was established in 2009, as the University of Waikato's leading research centre on computer science theory and practice. It is the purpose of COSI to:
- Inspire and extend open development practice in computer science;
- Innovate (open) systems, theories and tools to improve processes and products;
- Excel at core computer science theory and practice as the foundation for innovation;
- Be community leaders at the local, national and international levels through effective communication and openness.