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  •  Well, I represent a vendor too (2+ / 0-)
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    GreyHawk, 207wickedgood

    So I obviously think people should be able to make money writing software.  We are trying to implement HL7 interface to several VISTA based Hospital systems.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't -- there is no 'other vendor' so if the staff has the expertise or knows someone who does they can get it done, if not they are out of luck.  People with commercial systems call their vendor.  It costs money, but then so does maintaining a staff to write and develop your free system.

    •  Well, it wouldn't be machines writing and (2+ / 0-)
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      GreyHawk, Tinfoil Hat

      maintaining the code, after all.   The government would still want to hire good coders, debuggers, testers, etc to do the same thing that vendor is doing.  Heck, most of the time now, they contract out anyway, so the only difference to you in such an instance might be ultimately how the code is used, and whether or not outside coders are sometimes suggesting or providing new features to integrate.  'Open source' doesn't automatically imply 'free', just that the code is open for review and bugfixes provided by a wider community.  There are all sorts of licensing options.

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