Repeatedly we see examples of FLOSS working for real people in real IT“Using free and open source is the only way to correctly exchange data in medical database systems, Rzepka says. It is much easier to implement, improve, build and adapt solutions by using this type of solutions. Proprietary systems require expensive licences, yet make it impossible to really understand how information is exchanged, forcing researchers to rely on inefficient data exports.” while naysayers continue to claim FLOSS is seriously flawed and doesn’t work. That’s an unsupportable position. FLOSS works. The world can and does make its own software and it doesn’t need that other OS or its “partners” to be involved or to dictate terms.
There are reasons FLOSS works in health. There’s no lower-cost, no more reliable and no more flexible model for software in IT.“Spain’s largest hospital chain, QuirÃ³n, will be piloting a portal based on the Openstack open source cloud computing solution, to provide patients with access to their radiology data. The pilot is one part of a three-year research project called Coco Cloud, which in 2013 received a 2.8 million euro grant from the European Commission’s FP7 funding programme. Some of the requirements for the secure cloud-computing environment will be formulated by Italy’s governmental ICT resource centre, the Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (AGID).”
Any time some corporation tells you what you can’t do with hardware you own, there’s a problem, reduced efficiency. FLOSS does away with that problem by definition and by using open standards eliminates most other friction in the system. What’s left is IT running smoothly getting the job done.