Re: confused about COTS vs open hardware

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Feb 09 2007 - 18:33:31 CST

>
> But back to the topic at hand - as another huge OSS advocate, I also feel
> that focusing first on OSS for the voting application itself (inclusive of
> all business logic related to voting) and leaving OSS for the operating
> system and firmware later is our best bet. ....
>
Interesting to hear that from you, Brian. It seems like the operating
system would be relatively easy to move to OSS. Firmware maybe not so easy,
but doable over time.

> Leaving the door open to OSS
> at those other levels is essential, as is giving that a bit of
> preferential treatment when compared to closed-source *equivalent*
> solutions, but we can't mandate them into existance.
>
We may be able to mandate disclosure for voting systems. But, I agree,
incentives for Open Source will work whereas mandatory open source is
problematic.

Alan D.

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