Thursday, January 29, 2009

GNUmed Windows installation improved

They say there is always room for improvement. And then they say if you want to get it done just do it. Despite my impression that the Windows installation is straightforward a number of potential users have complained about the GNUmed prerequisites.

GNUmed stands on the shoulders of giants. It uses python, wxpython, psycopg2, PIL, twainmodule and mxTools.

While the installation of those prerequisites is well laid out in our Wiki it still seems to be a consuming process which has led to failure in the past. There is no such thing as dependency handling as we know from Linux on MS Windows. Nevertheless we have come up with a solution that may please potential users.

There is two ways to overcome this.

1.) Use the "brand new installation routine" which handles prerequisites for you. There is now a new version available for download which has the term "full" appended to its name and version. The new installation routine will check your system for all prerequisite software mentioned before and will give you the option to install python, wxpython, PIL, mxTools, psycopg2 and twainmodule if those are not detected on your system.

2.) One can always use the Portable version of GNUmed which is a
'download and run version' all self contained. While this is
recommended for portable storage media such as USB pendrives little is
known about using this on a daily basis.

Hopefully this will make the installation of the GNUmed client on MS Windows even easier.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

GNUmed Ubuntu packages updated

I have finally gotten around to providing uptodate Ubuntu packages for Ubuntu Hardy. It has long been known that is virtually impossible to get updates into the default Ubuntu package archives.

That has led to the situation that Ubuntu Hardy carries outdated packages. They have recently started to provide so called personal package archives or PPA.

The GNUmed team in launchpad has such an PPA and provides uptodate GNUmed versions.

You can visit the team's pages at Adding the team's repository will let you install GNUmed updates through Ubuntu's default software installation tools.

apt sources.list entries

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

GNUmed in Ubuntu

Thanks to the great work of the Debian med team who has been packaging GNUmed for a while now we have been able to turn these packages into packages for Ubuntu.

We intend to package GNUmed client and server for Hardy, Intrepid and Jaunty. All packages will be available through the GNUmed team's launchpad PPA.

apt sources.list entries for Ubuntu 8.04 aka Hardy

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

apt sources.list entries for Ubuntu 8.10 aka Intrepid

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

apt sources.list entries for Ubuntu 9.04 aka Jaunty

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

Let us know at how it works out for you.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

GNUmed 0.4 release candidate 1 is out

GNUmed team has uploaded a 0.4-rc1. Get it from

There's probably lots of bugs in there which we need help in
finding !

This is a pre-release for GNUmed 0.4 line which brings new features. Measurements handling, waiting list and more has been started.

Monday, January 19, 2009

GNUmed 0.3.9 Live CD released

A new GNUmed live CD is out. With the help of
this CD one can testdrive GNUmed without altering the currently running
environment such as operating system. No installation neccessary.

Just download the CD image
( and either burn it to a CD or
set up VirtualBox, Vmware/Vmplayer, QEmu or the likes to accept the CD
image as a virtual CD drive.

Just boot the CD in your physical or virtual PC/Mac and testdrive GNUmed.

GNUmed client 0.3.9 is included and configured
to connect to either the public GNUmed server via the internet or
connect to a GNUmed server included with the CD. No setup needed.

Have fun and please let us know how it works for you.