Re: Voting machine source code must be made open

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jan 05 2006 - 13:24:44 CST

I wonder how they plan to accomodate this. Increasingly federally certified machines are actually federally certified SYSTEMS including the central tabulator portions.

the law refers to operating software not just the application layer.

Every manufacturer that says what's inside generally has either Windows or QNIX in the pipeline. And those are not open source OS. Accupol uses java and Linux, but they are reluctant to open up because it's their only IP (since their hardware is close to commodity hardware).

The way the law is actually phrased a very devious person might say that either it requires cause to look at the code or could require NDA. it's sort of like the 2nd amendment which says something like, due to the need for a well regulated militia, the right of the citizens to bare arms shall not be infringed--which has been interpreted variously that you can only have a good if you are in a militia or you can have a gun period. The phrasing of this law seems to say the code will be independtly examable by the public because of the need for such and such. Does the second clause constrain the openness of the first.

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