Re: More on voting stations

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 12 2004 - 05:00:17 CDT

At 12:19 AM -0400 5/12/04, David Mertz wrote:
>On May 11, 2004, at 10:01 PM, Ed Kennedy wrote:
>>PC with monitor for under $500. Software is a question as it hasn't
>>been written yet except as a demonstration version so let's pluck a
>>number out of the air. I'll say $300/license for lack of anything
>>better.
>
>I can be quite definitive on the marginal software cost: $0.
>
>OVC is committed to using Free Software. So the whole software
>chain: Linux/X11/Python/Qt/whatever will be reproducible on EVMix
>CDs at no unit licensing cost. And we don't need, nor want,
>anything outside our approved tool chain.

Yes and no. The development cost will be paid for out of research
and development contracts from HAVA money. And like Linux, you'll be
able to download anything you want for free. However, if you want
the version with the OVC stamp of approval, you'll need to be an OVC
member and pay the appropriate fees. That's how RedHat makes money
too. It's not clear how the collection of fees and distribution of
the EVMix CDs will happen in practice, but there needs to be a
funding mechanism for the OVC.

Best regards,
Arthur

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