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LinuxMedNews: Medical 'Fear of Forking'

Oct 18, 2000, 00:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Saint)

[ Thanks to Saint for this link. ]

"In open source computing there is an F word: Fork, which means that developers of a software project reach an impasse, and split the project into two versions. Much like a fork in the road, the former development group splits and goes their separate ways. Forking strikes fear into the hearts of open source advocates because it dilutes engineering resources and adds to confusion. At the same time, it can save a project by letting it flow past an obstruction. ZDnet has an article about the recent Samba fork and gauges reaction to it both good and bad. The picture in medical open source is somewhat different."

"With 43+ different open source medical projects, the problem is not one of forking, but of converging the various projects. Judging by many comments on this site, FreePM's discussion list and the Openhealth-list the will is there."

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