Monday, March 30, 2009

GNUmed Windows clients updated to 0.4.2

Hi all,

I have found some time to update the Windows clients for GNUme

GNUmed-client.0.4.2-full1.exe - the default GNUmed installer for Windows
GNUmed-client.0.4.2-1.exe  - the default GNUmed only installer for Windows
GNUmed_Portable_0.4.2.paf.exe - the GNUmed installer in Windows Portable format

Go grab it at

Friday, March 27, 2009

GNUmed release banner wanted !

I find the GNOME release banner nice and simple. Is anyone here willing to
build one for GNUmed reading:

[Logo] GNUmed x.xx has arrived !

and can provide me with the template ? I would like to replace the
'Free Download' button in the Wiki.

Any help is appreciated.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

GNUmed 0.4.1 released

Hello all,

this is a bug fix release over GNUmed 0.4.0.


        0.4.0 -> 0.4.1

FIX: properly handle unmappable time zones
FIX: look for system wide app data in "C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\All Users\Anwendungsdaten\gnumed"
     (Windows only !)


        10.0 -> 10.1

NEW: bootstrapper: do not ask for gm-dbo pwd if the user exists
NEW: bootstrapper: ensure gm-dbo has createdb createrole

As usual, no database upgrade is needed from v10 to v10.1.

Grab it here:

On Windows the package may need to be adjusted for the above
FIX. This will apply to where bitmaps etc are stored.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Linux EMR lack visibility

Linux EMR lack visibility. I say it just like that. Imagine you are a doctor or it professional and you are thinking something like:

I have used that Linux thing and I wonder if there is any EMR on Linux available.

He or/she than uses Google and searches for Linux EMR. First results are widely viewed. Unfortunately they do not turn up what we had hoped. I would have envisioned a site that lists the FOSS EMR projects or any Linux EMR.

But this site should not just be about the Linux EMR itself. It is the ideal platform to carry a message.

There are many FOSS application but even more they come with full support. You can have an Linux EMR that is supported by any company and not just the producing company.

This site would increase visibility of Linux EMR online and offline. A doctor might say to a collegue.

Check out that site found (e.g. There is a whole bunch of EMR which are free to use and change and even if I want to switch all my data can come along.

There is a catch however. While many FOSS EMR are doing a nice job they are not that user/admin friendly when it comes to installing them.

As a FOSS community we should really be getting into packaging. Installation should be painless for most distributions.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

GNUmed website - call for help

Hi all,

This is a call for help. During the last few weeks GNUmed has had a shiny webpage which many people liked. While it did not significantly attract more viewers or adopters during that short time period Google analytics stats indicate that it has been well thought through. Well the website is no more. It was largely based on the website of the Banshee project under the impression that the CC-by-SA license would apply. Turns out the license cited did not apply to the layout and graphic content. The banshee community was not happy with my decision to use "their" design. After establishing that remixing the layout was no option for them at all it became evident that their was simply no point in sticking to the webdesign as it was. In short it was believed that GNUmed using the same design as Banshee for the website would water Banshee's brand.

The GNUmed team has decided that no website is worth any copyright dispute. While the Banshee team clearly stated it was their oversight that made my changes legal we see no reason why anyone in the Banshee community should suffer.

This has led to a point where we have removed the GNUmed website and now refer to our Wiki again. Content-wise there is no problem as the website was just a nice representation of the content in the Wiki.

Nevertheless we are looking for a talented design who would like to give the GNUmed website a new face. You have the chance to shape GNUmed's visual identity. You have the chance to show that the new webstite is just as appealing as Banshee's website. You have the chance to contribute to a project that makes a difference to people's health today.

Please post to the GNUmed mailing list if you are keen to take on the challenge.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

GNUmed 0.4.0 released

Hi all,

Over last couple of months the GNUmed team has worked hard to bring you a brand new release. We are proud to announce version 0.4 of GNUmed. This release provides nice and stable new features:

- can show log file from client on demand
- can merge two patients into one
- can edit existing progress note on any encounter
- can access text expansion macros by start-of-keyword
  (will show a list for selection)

- has new hook "after_new_doc_created"
- has minimum HIPAA compliance
- has waiting list
- has random access to plugins
- has screenshots on Linux include window decoration
- has local "installer" for tarball
- has a large part of the user interface translated
  to Brazilian Portuguese (thanks, Rogerio !)

Tarballs are, as usual, here:

Upgrading from the 0.3 branch WILL require a database
upgrade. This is done, again as usual, by the
script. Setting up a brand new v10 database is done by the script.

Many thanks to all the testers out there who helped us catch
bugs early !


CC SA BY license

I did a little more research and here is what I came up with. states


Attribution Share Alike

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial reasons, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.

Touchbook for GNUmed ?

Hi all,

Take a look at the video. What is your take ? Top or hop for usage in the medical office ?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

GNUmed website

Hi all,

I recently came across the website of the banshee project and imediately liked their nice webdesign. Being under the impression that their website is under the CC-By-SA license I started to reuse it for GNUmed giving credit to the Banshee project in the footer.

Here is their footer as of 3rd of March 2009.

All text and image content on, unless otherwise specified, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. This does not include the Banshee name, logo, or icon. The Banshee name is a registered trademark of Novell. This does not include Banshee source code, which is licensed under the MIT X11 license. XHTML, CSS.

Turns out the members of the the Banshee project are very proud of their work and did not like what I did at all. I personally feel that no website is worth any copyright dispute and the GNUmed project should not be harmed in any way by my doings.

I therefore decided to change as much as I thought neccessary to not fool the viewers into thinkig this is somehow affiliated with Banshee.

I am currently awaiting their response on how to proceed. This may wll turn into a call for help as I might be forced to take down the GNUmed website for a complete redesign.

While I fully understand the Banshee project's wish for excellence and uniqueness I sincerely hope we get by without creating any uproar inside the FOSS community.

Please take the time to go over the GNUmed website at to spot any items that might still lead to the assumption that GNUmed is somehow affiliated with Banshee.