RE: Open Source Quality

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 20:37:45 CDT

At 5:07 PM -0700 5/10/04, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
>For the centralized components (which we haven't really touched on,
>to my knowledge), I suspect that each locality will already have
>database standards (e.g. Oracle, DB2, Sybase) that they will insist
>For the polling stations and voting machines, I hope that we could
>treat the database as an embedded component of the software, the way
>the DRE vendors treat Access, and only have to support a single
>database in order to simplify the build, QA and packaging aspects.
>For our purposes, I don't see a meaningful difference between MySQL
>or PostgreSQL. If anything, both are probably overkill -- we could
>probably use Berkley DB or some other embedded database, or even do
>everything in memory (and text files). Of course, using a "real
>database" would make some people a little more comfortable.

It's not clear we need a database at all at the polling place.

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