Re: [OVC-discuss] OVC's free/open-source voting software

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2008 - 04:36:51 CST

On Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 7:11 AM, Nathan Adams <> wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 13, 2008 at 1:36 AM, Edward Cherlin <> wrote:
>> As soon as you have that set up, I will submit the code to One Laptop
>> Per Child/Sugar Labs and start a project to make it into a Sugar
>> Activity that students can use to hold elections anywhere in the
>> world. They will then add it to their Pootle server and start
>> localizing it into 80+ languages. All of Sugar is held in Git.
> Launchpad is well integrated with the Bazaar VCS and has some support for
> SVN and CVS. I don't believe there is an "export as Git repo" capability
> built directly into Lauchpad at this point. But we could probably set
> something up.
> The bigger question to answer is: Do we want the OVCri project to inherit
> any hardware/software limitations imposed by the One Laptop Per Child
> platform?

I am not suggesting that this be the main line of development. Think
of it as a packaging issue for a specific platform.

I am not aware that the XO would impose any limitations on OVCri. XO
laptops come with 256 MB of RAM and 1G of NAND Flash storage. Screen
resolution is good (1200 × 900), and processor speed (433 MHz) should
be quite adequate. The only real limitation is that XOs are not
normally set up for local printing, but it can be done. We can hook
USB CD players to XOs in the normal way.

Some changes would be necessary to adjust the software to the
hardware, and to package it as a Sugar activity. This is different in
detail, but not in kind, from the processes of packaging software for
Red Hat or Debian Linux, which have incompatible software installation

> Perhaps there is a need for a subproject that leverages as much of
> the main project as possible and integrates it on the OLPC platform. I am
> not familiar with the OLPC platform specifications, so I am just speculating
> at this point.

I believe that the changes will be minor.

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