Re: Re: Results of last night's SV OVC meeting

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Thu Apr 28 2005 - 13:19:52 CDT

On Apr 28, 2005, at 10:46 AM, David Mertz wrote:

> On Apr 28, 2005, at 10:54 AM, JamBoi wrote:
>> 8) Agreed that there were many positive reasons to lean towards a Java
>> cross platform solution. Spoke about the positive aspects of python
>> and wxWorks also.
>
> Overall, this meeting sounds like it was great.
>
> On this one point, I would STRONGLY urge against basing a system on
> proprietary, unfree software like Java....Just one example among
> hundreds: what if an (apparently) losing candidate demands an audit of
> the software, including the language/libraries?! Getting source code
> out of Sun becomes a really tricky and thorny legal entanglement that
> can threaten the integrity and accuracy of elections.

Agreed. And ditto for proprietary OSes not least because they can
contain malware loaders.

> Now it *is* true that I like Python on technical merits. Who knows,
> its use might even sell a couple extra copies of my book :-). But
> that matter is tertiary, at most. If SV OVC (or whoever) like Ruby,
> or Perl, or GCC, or Guile, or Haskell... the more power to them (as
> long as they use Free Software versions of each thing). If anyone
> really wants to know, I'll tell you why Python is better to program
> in: but that religious dispute should go in a different thread.

Not to open the debate here, but, from a security viewpoint, I would
argue for a language that does not (directly) support self-modifying or
self-writing code.

-R

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