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WV EHR VOE/ 1.0 Release 6-08 Four Slice Toaster MSC FM 1034

The WorldVistA EHR /VOE 1.0 Release 6-08 Four Slice Toaster is a software appliance (virtual machine) of WorldVistA EHR /VOE 1.0 Release 6-08 with MSC Fileman 1034 on GT.M on GNU/Linux.

A Toaster is an software appliance – virtual machine – that provides a complete FOSS stack of VistA on GT.M on GNU/Linux. This Toaster is a proof of concept that implements a simulated Application Service Provider (ASP) with two clinics, Clinic P and Clinic Q. Clinics P and Q share the core VistA routines, but have separate databases, and the users of each clinic are unable to access the the database files of the other clinic. Additional clinics can also be set up.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2009-04-23

VA VistA Demo Toaster 200802 released

VA VistA Demo Toaster 200802 is the VistA demo obtained under a FOIA request in February, 2008 and packaged as a Toaster (virtual machine server that runs under QEMU on just about any platform). Please read the index.html file for instructions. CPRS and Vitals of course run under Windows (or to some limited, unknown extent, under Wine on other platforms).

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2008-02-23

VistA Office EHR Toaster 2.3.1 released

VistA Office EHR 2.3.1 Toaster is available at the WorldVistA project page at Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). A VistA Toaster is an appliance (virtual machine) consisting of VistA, GT.M and Linux that runs under QEMU (http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/), which enables the toaster to operate under Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. VistA Office EHR 2.3.1 Toaster packages the VistA Office EHR Toaster 2.3.1 software as released on January 31, 2007 (at http://sourceforge.net/projects/vista-officeehr\) with GT.M V5.2-000 (as available under GNU General Public License at http://sourceforge.net/projects/sanchez-gtm\) and Damn Small Linux 3.2 (http://damnsmalllinux.org) installed on a virtual hard drive (flename VistAOfficeEHR_2.3.1.qcow). A CPRS directory is included.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2007-02-23

VistA Office EHR SemiVivA 2.3.1 released

VistA Office EHR SemiVivA 2.3.1 (MD5 sum 16a0e6ae1951a512e88d83edd4e254a9) is available for downloading from the WorldVistA project page at Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista).

VistA Office EHR SemiVivA 2.3.1 packages the release of VistA Office EHR 2.3.1 as made available at the VistA Office EHR project page at Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/vista-officeehr) on January 31, 2007. Nancy Anthracite configured the settings for it to run on GT.M, and provided the CPRS and Vitals executables (for Windows). An access code of VistAis#1 and verify code of #1isVistA will work for CPRS to connect.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2007-02-22

VA VistA Demo Toaster 20060926 released

VA VistA Demo 20060926 Toaster is available at the WorldVistA project page at Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). A VistA Toaster is an appliance (virtual machine) consisting of VistA, GT.M and Linux that runs under QEMU (http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/), which enables the toaster to operate under Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. VA VistA Demo 20060926 Toaster packages the VistA demo of September 26, 2006 with GT.M V5.2-000 and Damn Small Linux 3.2 (http://damnsmalllinux.org) installed on a virtual hard drive (flename VAVistADemo20060926.qcow). A CPRS directory is included.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2007-01-26

VA VistA Demo SemiVivA 20060926 available

VA VistA Demo 20060926 SemiVivA (MD5 sum d0eaf0ebac065aa9d773662a338a896d) is available. This is a partially configured version VistA with dummy patients intended to demonstrate the CPRS GUI client. This is not intended to be otherwise usable as a VistA configuration. This SemiViVA package is bundled with GT.M V5.2-000, is available from Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). A SemiVivA package is a one-step install of VistA and GT.M on a Linux machine.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2007-01-24

FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20061231 available

FOIA VistA 20061231 SemiVivA (MD5 sum 128ff63ee717b7ae15fb86709c5d2f0a), a SemiViVA package of the FOIA VistA release of December 31, 2006 bundled with GT.M V5.2-000, is available from Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). A SemiVivA package is a one-step install of VistA and GT.M on a Linux machine.

Assuming the file has been downloaded as /Distrib/FOIAVistA20061231SemiVivA.tgz, to install on your Linux PC, execute the following, as root:... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2007-01-20

VA VistA Demo Toaster 200512 available

VA Vista Demo 200512 Toaster - a VistA appliance - is available (see http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=603533 for more information about VA VistA Demo 200512). This is a zip file of a VistA virtual machine that can be booted and run with QEMU (http://fabrice.bellard.free.fr/qemu/) on just about any host machine.

Although I am not aware of any specific issues with this VistA appliance, there are doubtless issues, because this is a first. Also, I am not sure of the best switches to use for QEMU. So, please consider this a Beta to be used by friendly, users with some level of experience, and provide liberal feedback.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2007-01-08

FOIA VistA Audita 20060923 available - caveat: experimental

Before you read further: this is an experimental package, definitely not ready for prime time. Please play with it only to help get it working properly.

FOIA VistA 20060923 Audita is a packaging of FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20060923 with Oralux 0.7 alpha (see http://oralux.org and http://lists.freearchive.org/pipermail/oralux/2006-May/001137.html\) which in turn is a remastering of the Knoppix 4.02 Linux live CD (http://knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html).... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-12-27

FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20060923MSC available

FOIA VistA 20060923 SemiVivA MSC (MD5 sum c8a1253b6d82da0a36ebcdfb62adcd29) is a SemiViVA package of the FOIA VistA release of September 23, 2006 integrated with the May 26, 2006 release of MSC Fileman as released by George Timson at Hatdhats (http://hardhats.org/fileman/MSC%20FileMan.zip) bundled with GT.M V5.1-000 is available from Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). A SemiVivA package is a
one-step install of VistA and GT.M on a Linux machine.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-10-05

FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20060923 available

FOIA VistA 20060923 SemiVivA (MD5 sum 74b8731bd4ac70bae6dbb828598d3395) is a SemiViVA package of the FOIA VistA release of September 23, 2006 bundled with GT.M V5.1-000 is available from Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). A SemiVivA package is a one-step install of VistA and GT.M on a Linux machine.

One advantage that GT.M has over more conventional MUMPS implementations is the ease with which you can create development environments (details in the GT.M Acculturation CD, which you can download from the GT.M project page at Source Forge - http://sourceforge.net/projects/sanchez-gtm\). With FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20060923, I have altered the directory structure slightly to allow exactly the same set of routines to operate with multiple versions of GT.M. The o and g subdirectories, which used to reside in the main directory, have been moved to a gtm_V5.1-000 subdirectory. If the next GT.M release were to be V5.2-000, you would create a gtm_V5.2-000 subdirectory, with its own o and g subdirectories, where you could put object files and database files & global directory. This greatly simplifies testing and upgrading to new releases of GT.M. Of course, we are fanatical about maintaining upward compatibility, but as the old Russian proverb says, "Trust, but verify."... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-10-03

FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20060615 MSC available

FOIA VistA 20060615MSC SemiVivA (MD5 sum 1e872f67d229f795e5d6d08487e627ca) is a repackaging of FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20060615 with MSC Fileman enhancements as released by George Timson at Hardhats (http://hardhats.org/fileman/MSC.html). Assuming the file has been downloaded as /Distrib/FOIAVistA20060615MSCSemiVivA.tgz, to install on your Linux PC, execute the following, as root:

cd /usr/local
tar zxvf /Distrib/FOIAVistA20060615MSCSemiVivA.tgz... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-08-28

VistA benchmark available

I have uploaded VistABenchmark2002.tgz. The MD5 sum is b40f66fafdfbecbd3446a65428512b1a. This is a gzip'd tar file of the VA's VistA benchmark as obtained under FOIA. This is the benchmark exactly as received; no attempt has been made to inventory, analyze, or document the contents.

-- Bhaskar

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-08-28

VA VistA Demo VivitA and SemiVivA available

VA VistA Demo 200512 SemiVivA and VivitA are available. This is a partially configured version VistA released by the VA in December, 2005, with dummy patients intended to demonstrate the CPRS GUI client. This is not intended to be otherwise usable as a VistA configuration.

The MD5 checksum of the SemiVivA gzip'd tar archive is 2f10e19ab32a7bd3b378c7a58db7fa3a and that of the VivitA ISO image is a6792f3957a37f92f59a0544c49c5845.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-08-19

Hui OpenVista 4.1 VivitA available

Hui OpenVista 4.1 VivitA is now available at the WorldVistA project page at Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). The MD% sum is:

-bash-2.05b$ md5sum HuiOpenVista4.1VivitA.iso
77f699e6b62b99face25f7790fe4f6dc HuiOpenVista4.1VivitA.iso

Please verify your download before use, and if you repeatedly get the same erroneous MD5 sum, please let me know ASAP.

Like other VivA and VivitA releases, Hui OpenVista 4.1 VivitA is a complete VistA on GT.M on x86 GNU/Linux system that boots and runs from a CD-ROM. A database of course needs read-write storage, and this can be provided with a 1GB (or larger) USB flash driver (also called a thumb drive or jump drive), or an IDE, SCSI or USB hard drive. You can use this on any PC, even a diskless PC, and at the end, when you shut down and eject the CD-ROM, the disks on the PC are untouched (unless you choose to use them for the database). A VivitA CD combined with a USB drive together make an instant, portable, VistA system.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-08-07

Hui Vista 4.1 Semi VivA available

This SemiVivA distribution is a repackaging of OpenVista 4.1 as released by the Pacific Telehealth and Technology Hui (http://pacifichui.org) on Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Assuming the file has been downloaded as /Distrib/HuiOpenVista4.1SemiVivA.tgz, to install on your Linux PC, execute the following, as root:

cd /usr/local
tar zxvf /Distrib/HuiVista4.1SemiVivA.tgz

This will create new directories /usr/local/HuiVista4.1 and /usr/local/gtm_V5.1-000 and symbolic links /usr/localHuiVista and /usr/local/gtm. Please note that this will overwrite any directories or symbolic links you have with those names.... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-07-26

FOIAVistA SemiVIvA 20060615 available

This is a SemiVivA pacakge of FOIA VistA June 15, 2006 with OR_30_215 and GT.M V5.1-000. To install, download the release to a directory, e.g., /Distrib. Then as root excute:

cd /usr/local
tar zxvf /Distrib/FOIAVistASemiVivA20060615.tgz

This will create the needed subdirectories off /usr/local. Then, to install a development environment, e.g., in ~/myVistA, execute as a normal user:

/usr/local/FOIAVistA20060615/install ~/myVistA... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-06-26

FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20060113 updated

The file seems to have been damaged when uploading from my Source Forge shell account to the file release system. Also, I updated the scripts when I created FOIAVistAVivitA20060113.iso. Ergo, I have replaced FOIAVistASemiVivA20060113.tgz distribution with a new file, FOIAVistASemiVivA20060113a.tgz. The MD5 checksum is 2bfddf3d90d371a1013b7208bad00773.

-- Bhaskar

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-01-29

FOIAVIstA VivitA 20060113 available

Based on the January 13, 2006 release of FOIA VistA, FOIAVistA VivitA 20060113 has been released and is available at the WorldVistA project at Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). This is the smallest VistA live CD download to date, and is built on Damn Small Linux 2.1b (DSL - http://www.damnsmalllinux.org\).

Although small, FOIAVistA VivitA 20060113 still packs a lot, including the ability to run the CPRS GUI under wine. New in this release is the ability to set up not only simple environments - as previous VivAs and VivitAs could do - but also comprehensive environments as described on the WorldVistA wiki (http://tinyurl.com/738jk). Use the vista script as before, with vista_cprs to handle CPRS direct connect requests or use the install & run scripts with cprs_direct to handle direct connect client request in a comprehensive environment. [A comprehensive environment requires a Linux file system, a simple environment can work in a FAT file system.]... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-01-29

FOIA VistA SemiVivA 20060113 available

FOIAVistA SemiVivA 20060113 is now available and can be downloaded from Source Forge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). A SemiVivA package is an installation of VistA that is bundled with GT.M and ready for use if you alreay have a PC running Linux.

Assuming that the distribution file is downloaded on your PC as /Distrib/VistA/FOIAVistASemiVivA20060113.tgz, you can install it with the following commands which must be executed as root:... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2006-01-26

OpenVistA VivitA FOIA Gold 20050825 available

At 322MB, OpenVistA VivitA FOIA Gold live CD is the smallest, lightest, live CD ever made of VistA. It a remastered version of Damn Small Linux (DSL - http://damnsmalllinux.org\) version 2.0RC1 upgraded to current versions of packages, Debian package management enabled, and wine (http://winehq.org) - & Xdialog (http://xdialog.dyns.net) installed. DSL is the most compact Linux live CD, with with the VistA release dated August 25, 2005 as released by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA - http://www.va.gov\) ) under the Freedom of Information Act on GT.M (V5.0-000, as released under the terms of the GNU General Public License - http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/gpl.txt - at Source Forge - http://sourceforge.net/projects/sanchez-gtm\).... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2005-10-19

OpenVistA VivA FOIA Gold 20050825 available

OpenVistA VivA FOIA Gold 20050825 is now available at Source Forge (http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/worldvista). The text below is from the "About" file on the live DVD. [It will probably take some hours to be replicated to all the mirrors; until then download performance may be slow.]

Note that this DVD includes an icon that starts the CPRS GUI under wine. With an installation of the unconfigured database as distributed, it comes up to as for the id and access code. I don't know enough to configure a VistA database to accept connections, but it at least gets as far sa the login screen. One hiccup is that the splash screen does not go away - perhaps it will after a successful login; I just don't know. But this is the first time that a single CD/DVD demo of VistA+CPRS even appears within reach, so I feel encouraged. (Also, the CPRS GUI no longer looks ugly - all it needed was to have the msttcorefonts package installed).... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2005-09-18

OpenVistA SemiVivA FOIA Gold 20050825 available

The SemiVivA package of the VistA software as released on the VA's FTP site on August 25, 2005 is now available. To use it, download it to a directory on your PC, e.g., /Distrib/OpenVistA/OpenVistASemiVivAFOIAGold2005.825.tgz. Then, *as root*, execute the following:

cd /usr/local
tar zxvf /Distrib/OpenVistA/OpenVistASemiVivAFOIAGold2005.825.tgz

Subsequently, for each VistA environment that you want to create, as a normal user with write permissions to the directory where the environment is to be created, execute:... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2005-08-29

OpenVistA SemiVivA FOIA Gold 20050507 available

OpenVistA VivA FOIA Gold 20050507 is now available. It combines the FOIA release from the VA's FTP site with GT.M V5.0-000.

To use it, download the file to a temporary directory, e.g., /Distrib/VistA/OpenVIstASemiVivAFOIAGold20050507.tgz. Then, as root:
cd /usr/local
tar zxvf /Distrib/VistA/OpenVIstASemiVivAFOIAGold20050507.tgz

To "install" a database, you can execute:
/usr/local/OpenVistA/visa --install <targetdir>
where <targetdir> is specified without a trailing slash. To "run" after installing a database, you can execute:
/usr/local/OpenVistA/vista --run <targetdir>... read more

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2005-06-30

GUIMail 2.2.1 available

Thanks to Richard Sowinski, GUIMail 2.2.1 is now available for download.

Posted by K.S. Bhaskar 2005-06-20