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GNU Health Embedded: An introduction

Sean O'Brien


The GNU Health software suite is a libre health and hospital information system with a strong focus on public health. This talk focuses on recent updates to GNU Health Embedded, a version of GNU Health that is being updated as a 100% libre software and hardware platform. It will be tailored for pocket-sized computers, and is currently being developed by PrivacySafe for the Beagleboard.org BeagleBone AI hardware.

This shift includes an increased focus on privacy and security, allowing GNU Health to be deployed in a myriad of environments with servers that are, optionally, accessible via the Tor network. This talk will dive into the details of the GNU Health Embedded development effort, and explores user scenarios for the platform.


2 years, 2 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.