Re: Is Open Source Enough?

From: Brian Behlendorf <brian_at_behlendorf_dot_com>
Date: Fri Sep 07 2007 - 18:48:47 CDT

On Fri, 7 Sep 2007, Richard C. Johnson wrote:
> My thought is simply that the certification must be divided into two parts:
> the software/hardware system and the institutional sponsor. Both must be
> certified, and certification of the sponsor is the reward for the effort in
> getting the Open Source system through certification. The system itself and
> its certification are then available through GPL, but the sponsor
> certification (if not the original sponsor) must be achieved through a
> separate process, assessing the capability of the would be sponsor. Nobody
> believes that just anyone can perform the role the vendor plays today,
> whether for good or not. Rather, it seems reasonable to free up the voting
> system and its certification and have vendors get certified as to their
> understanding of the system, their ability to consult regarding it, their
> ability to train others in its operation, their ability to customize code,
> and their ability to maintain a service and support organization.

That makes sense to me, though in effect there's a "certification" taking place
when a vendor responds to a government RFP to be the provider for an election
and is then chosen by the government. One can easily imagine two different
vendors responding to the same RFP, with the same certified code base, and yet
there being a clearly preferable choice for the government to make. If vendors
should be pre-certified before allowing to bid, that could streamline the
RFP/selection process further, sure.

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