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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Re: meditux - compromed

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Re: meditux - compromed
Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 09:15:19 +0200
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On Sun, May 06, 2007 at 11:35:39PM +0200, RKI Andreas wrote:

> >This is nothing to be done by an open source project but rather by a 
> >service
> >company.
> What about a service company that writes Open Source software?  Just an
> idea - your sentence sounded like a contradiction between "Open Source
> Project" and "service company".

open source *project* vs. services *company*, that is

> >Historically all 20+ software providers in Germany produced their
> >own implementation of a billing framework and are troubled by supporting 
> >them for years to come.
> I wonder whether all these companies are happyly reinventing the wheel
> instead of starting a common effort to just get rid of terribly stupid
> work by using a common source base for this specific problem.

In the legacy world this is called market consolidation. It
happens by buyout, not by cooperation, typically. They are
(the engineers, anyways) certainly not happy about
*technically* reinventing the wheel but the Suits will
happily make them so as long as it pays. To make sure it
pays they kill competition, the don't cooperate, lest they
be killed themselves.

> I succeded once to convince a representative of a company that
> produces medical devices.
You seem to be a Jedi ! Did you suffer RSI from waving your
hand ? ;-)

> We should not assume that these people
> do not have a common sense.
We should not assume either that they are/feel free in their
decisions. Politics for the Good or for the Bad, both are
necessary evils but still quixotian ventures.

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