Reviving EVM2003

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Sat Jul 17 2004 - 21:28:59 CDT

On Jul 17, 2004, at 9:42 PM, Nathan L. Adams wrote:
> ...it is hard to get a serious Free/Open Source Software
> project going, and it can apparently be even harder to *keep one
> going*.
> 1) Don't discourage work as being not needed with promises of
> grants/funding/whatever being "just around the corner".
> 2) Don't discourage work as being not needed because "we'll soon have
> an army
> of graduate students to do that". Armies of graduate students are
> generally
> good for one or two purposes: earning their Masters degrees and
> keeping their
> professors gainfully employed, IMHO. At the very least, an army of grad

Indeed. I quite agree with the harmful loss of focus for EVM2003. I
also think the chasing after funding by some OVC members has had almost
as much of a down side as an up side... a lot of threads that really
need to be pursued in EVM2003 have been dropped (or postponed, anyway):
  generalizing the source code to generic ballots; testing and fixing
the live-CD Liam did a good job of packaging (at least as an alpha
version); stamping out those various known bugs that remain in the
demo; making the whole thing easier to download; getting the latest
code checked in; etc.

I feel bad about all this, since I should have made some efforts to
keep EVM2003 alive (I'm not the only one who might do so... but I'm one
likely candidate). Not to say it cannot be resuscitated still, of
course, but it's dormant at least. I went off in my own directions
too... some with the Harvard conference, some with the academic papers,
some with getting OVC onto IBM developerWorks, and--oh yeah--some work
that actually pays me money, so I can pay my bills.

And now I'm on vacation for a week, and have some articles due as soon
as I come back. But at the start of August, I will try to make a real
effort to bring EVM2003 back to more active status. Probably first
thing is starting a new clearly purposed developers list, called
something like EVM2003-DEV to clearly differentiate it from OVC and
from any University projects that may (or may not) get funded. And
after that, get people together to do the various things I mention
above--and the other ones that I have not thought of, but that our
other excellent developers have more clearly in mind.

Yours, David...
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