Re: Small Linux platforms-bidding on real RFPs

From: Nathan L. Adams <nadams_at_ieee_dot_org>
Date: Sun Jul 17 2005 - 15:03:09 CDT

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David Webber (XML) wrote:
> Dick,
>
> I have been seriously considering this - partnering with someone like Adobe
> (who have expressed private interest) - and use their DOD certified form
> tools (gets around alot of issues with proposed solution not being federally
> certified), and then marrying the XML that the XFA forms produce into some
> simple open source C routines to store as EML compliant vote records,
> control printing, and then similarly doing open source counting and tallying
> from stored XML records.

[snip]

> It's not perfect - but it is potentially viable - notice - I'm being
> pragmatic here - winning a bid is not the same as being purists who are
> holier than thou OSI zealots - here we have to give to gain.

Its not a matter of being holier than thou. If any part of the process
is proprietary it is *not* trustworthy. If you can't find an equivalent
F/OSS to Adobe's tools, you probably either aren't looking hard enough
or you're adding uneccessary complexity (and that's not to say that
F/OSS is incapable of complexity, just the particular tool hasn't been
needed in the F/OSS world yet).

Also, name calling folks "OSI zealots" shows that at the very least you
and Adobe are missing the point.

Nathan

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