Re: confused about COTS vs open hardware

From: Brian Behlendorf <brian_at_behlendorf_dot_com>
Date: Sat Feb 10 2007 - 15:05:26 CST

On Fri, 9 Feb 2007, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> 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.

Seems like it, wouldn't it? Just saying, don't let it be a roadblock.
Transparency in the voting software is the most important thing. If a
vendor does that but still wants to run on unmodified
commercial-off-the-shelf Windows, it's clearly inferior but should still
qualify at some level.


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