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MIPS Open-Source Group Takes Aim at ARM, Intel

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NHS told: Make patient record systems open source

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An NHS England leader has told Trusts to look towards open source for electronic patient record (EPR) systems.

During the e-Health Insider (EHI) CCIO open source conference, Richard Jefferson, the Health Service’s head of business systems, claimed such solutions provide “the biggest bang for buck.”

Jefferson also added that the organisation is prioritising the EPR space and encouraging a move to open source because of the greater value for money it offers for Trusts.

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Open source use may rise where proprietary systems cannot lower costs

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Public sector organisations with proprietary systems that are struggling to provide competitive costs or innovation may provide the spur to overcome reluctance in the adoption of open source technology, according to one London CIO.

Geoff Connell, who is joint ICT head for two London boroughs, Havering and Newham, has said that although open source is already being adopted within the public sector, the technology is present used for more niche tasks rather than total solutions.

Connell's thoughts continue the debate over whether open source technology can better cost efficiencies related to the use of proprietary software in the public sector.

For Connell, total cost of ownership (TCO) remains the key challenge to adopting open source software and technology in the public sector.

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Google Chrome's PDF Rendering Engine Released as Open Source

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Large companies like Google don't really like open source projects, although their Chrome browser is based on Chromium. Now, the PDF rendering engine that is being used in Google Chrome has been released as open source.

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City of Vienna increasingly turns to open source

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"Open source helps to solve IT vendor lock-in situations", Norbert Weidinger, ICT-Strategist for the city, said in a presentation on the city's use of free and open source solutions.
Open source is now well-established in the city's main IT operations, according to the presentation which Weidinger delivered at a Major Cities of Europe conference in Dublin on 17 January. The city has 454 Linux servers (from a total of 2,000 servers), 270 Apache instances, uses Postgres to manage 380 databases and MySQL to manage another 90. Open source is used for file and printing services, for e-government services and for external and internal web-sites.

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OpenChrome: There's Apparently Not Much Left

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While open-source activities around Intel, AMD Radeon, and NVIDIA (Nouveau) hardware continues to flourish, for the unlucky users still dependent upon VIA x86 hardware, the OpenChrome and VIA kernel mode-setting initiatives seem to have come to a standstill.

I was curious about the state of OpenChrome, since it's been several months since hearing any VIA kernel mode-setting update for the independent VIA DRM/KMS driver that was in the works for several years by James Simmons. Sadly though, there doesn't seem to be anything new and the OpenChrome project seems to be in a dire state.

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HP Strengthens Commitment to Open Networking and the Open Cloud

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As a platinum member of both the Linux Foundation and the OpenStack Foundation, HP hasn't exactly kept its interest in open source a secret. Recently, however, it upped its commitment to open source in two key areas. First, it added the OpenDaylight project -- one it helped found -- to its list of platinum memberships. Second, it launched the Helion portfolio and pledged to invest more than $1 billion in support of new open source cloud products and platforms.

"Our views on open source are captured by our commitment to base HP’s cloud product and services strategy entirely upon the open source OpenStack framework," Mark Pearson, chief technologist for HP Networking, told Linux.com. "We believe openness speeds up innovation."

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Security's future belongs to open source

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The proof that open source, properly applied, is available. Studies, such as the one recently done by Coverity, have found that open-source programs have fewer errors per thousand lines of code than its proprietary brothers. And, it's hard to ignore the Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), the group within the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) that assesses operating systems and software for security issues, when they said that that while no end-user operating system is as secure as they'd like it to be, Ubuntu 12.04 is the most secure desktop.

On the other hand, the mere existence of Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday says everything most of us need to know about how "secure" proprietary software is. I also can't help noticing how every time Microsoft releases a new version of Internet Explorer (IE), they always claim it's the most secure ever. And, then, a new hole is found, and guess what, that same security hole is in every version of IE from IE 6 to IE 11. If IE really were being rewritten to make it secure why are the same holes showing up In Every Version??

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Local government software sharing and reuse site revamped

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Europe Commons, an online platform for the sharing, exchange and reuse of software solutions for Europe's municipalities and other local government organisations was revamped earlier this month, during which it also received a new name - Civic Exchange. The platform collects and promotes applications and digital services that help improve public services in Europe. The platform's consortium is doubling its efforts to find new solutions, announcing evidence-based case studies to showcase those with the most impact.

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Quick Look: Unity for Arch

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A precursory glance at the above screenshot might give the impression that this is yet another Ubuntu Linux review. However, a closer look at the logo in the bottom left corner reveals that nothing could be farther from the truth. Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the Unity desktop environment on Arch Linux.

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