Re: A brief introduction and some questions. Follow up.

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 12:32:47 CDT

Hello Mr. Cherlin:

     In addition to what our ever impressive Mr. Jones
says, I would suggest that while the OVC project will
likely be a wonderful demonstration of Linux, I don't
see it as one of the goals of the project. I know
that many companies and some governments are embracing
Linux, but there is the problem of NIH (Not Invented
here) and also 'better the devil we know and have
already paid for than one that we haven't'. Don't get
me wrong, I'm impressed with Linux, but security and
reliability wise it is an unknown operating system as
far as most company and governmental IT groups are
concerned. How about you give us a link or two to the
Linux advocacy effort your involved in, reply briefly
to this message (or even write me privately because
I'm very interested in relationship to another project
I'm involved in) and then move on? Don't mean to be
rude but some folks say I can't help it.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

--- "Douglas W. Jones" <jones@cs.uiowa.edu> wrote:
>
> On May 5, 2004, at 11:30 AM, Edward Cherlin wrote:
>
> > Let's talk about using Linux computers rather than
> Windows. I'm
> > working separately from this project on convincing
> governments
> > to switch to Free Software, for financial,
> security, and other
> > reasons.
>
> The change to Linux has no effect on this particular
> argument.
> The subject was what everyone thought was an
> insignificant
> GUI enhancement to the radio-button widget that
> ended up
> destroying ballot secrecy. The same misadventure
> could have
> happened with an upgrade to one of the X libraries
> that are
> distributed with Linux.
>
> Doug Jones
> jones@cs.uiowa.edu
>

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