Re: GPL + revision log license

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Tue Aug 19 2003 - 15:18:34 CDT

On Monday 18 August 2003 03:05 pm, Alan Dechert wrote:
> I think this freeness of the GPL (or other
> scheme) software is a bit illusory when it comes to voting
> software. When I researched the certification process a
> couple of years ago, state and federal certification amounted
> to taking the system to PSINet and Wyle Labs. As I recall,
> they each estimated it would cost something like $35,000 -
> $45,000 (and about 6 moths) to get the software certified.
> So, certification might cost in the neighborhood of 100 grand.
> So while GPL would allow modification of the code, it could
> not be used in elections. If someone modifies it, they have
> to go back and get it re-certified.
>
> In practice, this means that counties will never want to
> modify the code. I they have issues with the software, they
> will want to send their reports to the maintainers of the code
> and have them resolve the issue(s).
>
> Alan J. Dechert

No problem. The license is satisfied if they can get the source
code, change it, and distribute it with the changes and without
warranty. Being able to use the software is an issue only for
whoever makes the changes. Users of modified software can test
new ideas on a base of certified software, make and test bug
fixes, and run experimental elections (not elections for
government office, but perhaps school elections, and certainly
computerized election simulations).

-- 
Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
Encore Technologies (S) Pte. Ltd.
Computers for all of us
http://www.simputerland.com, http://cherlin.blogspot.com
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