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

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2008 - 12:12:53 CST

Perhaps there should be a note on sourceforge pointing to the new location.

Best regards,

At 12:43 PM -0500 12/15/08, Abdullah Bakhach wrote:
>As a matter of fact the code has just been uploaded to the GIT
>repository on the project page on FOSS Factory:
>On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 11:36 AM, cls
><<>> wrote:
>It seems reasonable to me that an organization claiming expertise in
>and advocating general use of free software for a public purpose
>should offer a demo of some kind in source form. And that demo
>should be installable on and work on the most common free platform.
>It doesn't have to be this week's snapshot from a public development
>repository. It might require half a dozen popular *-devel.rpm
>or *-dev.deb packages to get through ./configure, as long as those
>package names are mentioned in a release note. That's how these
>things are done, as far as I can tell. I'm not asking anyone
>to drop current projects, just pointing out something that I thought
>should be obvious. I hope it seems reasonable to readers of
>this list.
>I interviewed for a job as a Linux system administrator this year.
>More than half the hiring managers asked me how I might install
>a software product that wasn't packaged for my distribution.
>The correct answer was essentially "tar xzf tarball.tgz, read the
>release notes and install any prerequisite -devel packages, then
>./configure && make && make install." (Of course there followed a
>discussion of security issues and reputation of software sources, arguments
>to ./configure, etc, but that was the short answer.)
>And if the tarball doesn't build, it's a strong indication the project
>"isn't ready for prime time." That's how standard that procedure is.
>Lack of its availability pretty much locked me out of contributing to
>OVC's efforts over the last few years. I'll bet I wasn't the only one.
>Abdullah Bakhach
>FOSS Factory
>President & co-founder

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