"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."