Re: Tiny Linux system targets computerized voting systems

From: Jeff Almeida <spud_at_spudzeppelin_dot_com>
Date: Wed Dec 08 2004 - 15:07:00 CST

Also Sprach Edmund R. Kennedy:

>Any idea of what flavor of Linux they are using?

It appears, whatever kind you would like -- they're just selling hardware
that is "suitable for Linux" :) I should think "smaller is better" in
terms of a distro footprint on one of these, so I would lean toward, say,
Debian or Slackware over RHEL, SUSE or Fedora, but YMMV.

Really, this thing (apart from it's lack of an overt "case" per se) isn't
all that different from some of the mass-market sub-micros being produced
by FIC, Fudin, iWill, et al. In fact, a lot of modern electronic
"appliances" of all sorts are just Via- or similar-chipset-based "little
PCs" running an inexpensive OS (Linux, Symbian, or WinCE usually) and some
proprietary software layer on top... digital cable tv boxes, soho routers,
and many other everyday widgets all fit this description.

jeff :)

"Modern technology is already in use that makes electronic voting possible, 
 with accurate and almost immediate tabulation and with paper ballot printouts 
 so all voters can have confidence in the integrity of the process." -J.Carter
Jeff D. "Spud (Zeppelin)" Almeida                              Corinth, TX, US
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